In an exclusive interview to WION news, Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood admitted that he is quite eager to play for the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s Indian Premier League, particularly under the leadership of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Tamworth born fast bowler was picked by the three-time IPL champions for INR 2 crore in this year’s IPL auction.
“I am pretty excited actually,” Hazlewood said about looking forward to the T20 League, “It’s been a while that I have been in the squad. I haven’t played a game yet but I was with Mumbai Indians squad in IPL 2014. I have been using this time, April and May,
for rest, preparing for other Test tours for Australia. And now it is a good opportunity to play some T20 cricket and put my name up in that format of the game, in which I haven’t played too much. As you said, it is the best T20 competition in the world. So looking forward to it and hopefully to do well for CSK.”
On the prospect of playing under the leadership of Dhoni, Hazlewood said, “I am excited! I think he is a pretty similar player to me – very relaxed and calm – and that’s how I play my best cricket, that’s when I enjoy my cricket. Hopefully, we are a good match.”
Hazlewood said that he was ecstatic to be picked by the Chennai based franchise, much like his Australian colleague Pat Cummins, who was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a record-breaking 15.5 crore. Speaking about his emotions right after CSK got him, he said, “I was ecstatic to be picked up by CSK. Pat was obviously different, and he is pretty excited to be out there and do well for Kolkata. I haven’t played a lot of T20 cricket in the last five years but I am happy CSK gave me an opportunity and hopefully, I can reward them.”
Upon being asked whether he will bring something special in his armoury to achieve success in the IPL, Hazlewood said, “I am always working on different deliveries, different change-ups and slower balls. Hopefully in the next couple of months, I can work on settling in and deliver in the IPL. Under a lot of pressure but it is always good to try things.”