Chennai Super Kings have roped in Jason Behrendorff in the place of Josh Hazlewood after Hazlewood pulled out of IPL 2021 citing the bubble fatigue and T20 World cup and Ashes later this year as the reasons for backing off from the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings, three times IPL winner, has included his compatriot Jason who is left arm pacer.
Jason made his debut in the IPL in 2019 for Mumbai indians. He played a total of 5 matches and collected the 5 scalps at the average of 33. On International front, he has played 11 ODI and 7 T20 taking the 7 and 5 wickets respectively.
After Jason has been roped in by the CSK, he will strengthen the pacer attack of CSK along with Deepak chahar, Shardul thakur, Lungi ngidi.
Jason is the fast bowler who has great prowess with bowling. He will definitely do wonders with skill. Since, he is quite popular in the BBL league where he took a total 70 wickets at average of 18.54 in the 59 BBL matches.
Chennai Super Kings made it official through its Twitter handle:
” Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has signed up with the Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for compatriot Josh Hazlewood for the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The left-arm quick has featured in 11 ODIs and seven T20Is so far. This is Behrendorff’s second IPL team, having represented Mumbai Indians in 2019 where he played five matches and picked as many wickets.”
Josh Hazlewood was brought in by the CSK for 2 crore in the 2020 IPL. He even travelled to UAE to play and he featured in 3 matches. He wanted to take rest to remain mentally and physically fit for the others series that will come later this year. Therefore, he decided to pull out just 8 days ahead of the IPL.
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months,” Hazlewood told cricket.com.au.
“We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown on the end of that.
“Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” he added.
Josh Hazlewood has become the third overseas player from Australia to have pulled out of the IPL after Josh Phillippe and Mitchell marsh.
Chennai super Kings will take on Delhi capitals on June 10.