Cricket t20: Aaron Finch says “His IPL performances forced his way over Richardson.” Josh Hazlewood’s experience playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in 2021, according to Finch. In the T20 World Cup 2021, he had a huge impact on the team’s fortunes. Australia’s standout performer was Hazlewood. In the final against New Zealand, with the ball. In achieving outstanding results of 3 for 16, Previously, the medium-pacer was an important part of CSK’s IPL 2021 victory. In addition, he has 11 aces in nine games. Also, Finch said that Hazlewood shared his experience of playing. For CSK with the Australian team, which immensely benefitted the side.
“He (Hazlewood) was really important to our bowling group. To be able to share his experience at CSK was really important – the lengths to bowl, particularly at the end of the tournament, where the wickets start to get a little bit more worn and hard lengths, which is Josh’s specialty, was tough to hit. And it was really important that he passed on that information,” Aaron Finch said.
Furthermore, Finch revealed that Hazlewood forced his way into the playing XI. Ahead of Kane Richardson on the back of his impressive bowling efforts in the IPL.
“Honestly, his performances in the IPL probably forced his way into the starting XI over Kane Richardson, who is a wonderful T20 bowler and someone who has been so important for us. But yeah, that was a tough call,” Finch said.
Lastly, Josh Hazlewood ended his T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with 11 wickets in seven matches. At a strike rate of 13 and an economy rate of 7.29. Also, many critics felt Australia did not stand a great chance to win. Just because their T20 players hadn’t played together for a while. Some even rested, skipping tours of Bangladesh. And then the West Indies in the process.
“Yeah, I think so. The guys’ preparation for the tournament was at different stages. Some were at the IPL; some were playing for state teams; some were rehabbing and coming off injuries. I think that played a part as well. To be mentally fresh towards the back end of the tournament, physically fresh as well, it was a really important part,” Finch said.