The Australian captain Aaron Finch, after winning the T20 World Cup last night, revealed that the information Josh Hazlewood shared from his experience of playing for CSK really helped the Australian team.
Finch also said that it was because of how well Josh Hazlewood bowled in the IPL that he got himself into the playing XI of the Australian team, otherwise it was probably Kane Richardson who was in line to be the third pacer in the XI.
Hazlewood, who had bowled a spell of 4 overs for 29 runs with 2 wickets in the IPL final for CSK, bowled an even better spell for the Kangaroos in the T20 World Cup final as he dismissed three New Zealand batsmen for just 16 runs in his 4 overs and made sure that despite Kane Williamson’s onslaught in the middle overs, the Blackcaps could only get to a score which was round about par.
And it was not just in the final that Josh Hazlewood came to the fore for Australia, he was extremely consistent with his areas in the other games too.
Playing against West Indies which was a must-win game for Australia after a heavy loss against England, Hazlewood took 4 wickets and helped Australia restrict West Indies to a score that was not only chaseable, but was also chaseable quickly to enhance the net run rate (NRR).
Josh Hazlewood knew the ideal lengths for these pitches, having played in the IPL: Finch
Talking about Hazlewood in the post-match press conference, Finch said as more and more games of IPL and T20 World Cup took place on these pitches in the UAE, the surfaces tired down a little bit and the hard length deliveries, which is Hazlewood’s speciality, were not easy to put away for the batsmen and having played in the IPL, he knew those were the ideal lengths to bowl.
“Honestly, his (Hazlewood’s) performances in the IPL probably forced his way into the XI over Kane Richardson. He shared his experience of CSK that was really important,” Finch said in the press conference when asked about the impact of Josh Hazlewood.