Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took to social media to give a teaser to their fans with a possible replacement for Josh Hazlewood, who recently decided not to take part in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The Australian bowler was expected to leave for India, but at the last minute,, he decided to pull out of the tournament and spend some time with his family. IPL 2021 is set to begin on April 9, and CSK plays their first match on April 10 against Delhi Capitals (DC).
Taking to Twitter, CSK posted a photo of Hazlewood, and captioned it as, “Will be missing some Josh this #Summerof2021! Hoping for some aussome action soon in #Yellove! #WhistlePodu”.
Fans were then seen questioning the meaning of the tweet, with some pointing out that the word “aussome” in the tweet could mean that a cricketer from Hazlewood’s native country Australia could be replacing him. One of the fans wrote: “Another Australian coming as a replacement? @ChennaiIPL Hint – ‘Aussome’ soon in yellow.”
Another Australian coming as a replacement? @ChennaiIPL
Hint – ‘Aussome’ soon in yellow.
— Nisarg Mistry (@nisarg1999) April 1, 2021
Meanwhile, many fans asked the club to sign England’s Mark Wood as a replacement. Here are the other reactions from fans on Twitter:
— Forever (@ForeverVashi) April 1, 2021
Mark wood🤔 now how's the josh😜😜😄
— A.R.Jagirdar (@Amaregouda33) April 1, 2021
Best replacement right hand Power hitting batsman + right arm fast bowler in mumbai conditions + some westindies swag ..plzzz think about this pic.twitter.com/X90x1HzEtf
— Ravi Kumar Jha (@RaviKum49701012) April 1, 2021
All the best to #JoshHazelwood as he takes a decision to secure his future to play for Australia. The decision could have come a bit early, but better late than never! 💯🔥
He would have been an ace up our sleeves, but even with this drop, CSK is still winning #IPL2021. 🙌💛
— Aditya Singh Rawat (@Catslayer_999) April 1, 2021
Surely mark wood will be fit for this team to give more power through pace
— Prince Sunny (@sohithsunny80) April 1, 2021
Hazlewood is not the first cricketer this year to have pulled out from IPL 2021. Earlier on Wednesday, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) all-rounder Mitchell Marsh announced that he will be not be taking part in the also pulled out of IPL 2021. Meanwhile, even Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Joshua Phillipe has pulled out, citing personal reasons.
Last season, Hazlewood played only three matches for CSK, and in IPL 2021, he would be competing with the likes of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi and Dwayne Bravo for a place in the playing XI.