Australia and Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has not taken more wickets in this IPL by taking just nine wickets in eight matches, but compatriot Shane Watson He feels that he is a tough bowler to face because of his “control of the ball”.
The 30-year-old Hazlewood was the choice of CSK bowlers in their four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in IPL Qualifier 1 on Sunday, although he is not exactly on fire in the tournament with an average of 29.44 and economy of 8.51.
“He just has control over the ball coming out of his hand, so when there’s a bit of dew in the wicket or with a brand new ball, he’s incredibly good at being able to get something off the wicket,” Watson said. Watson said. Star Sports ‘Select Dugout’ show.
“There’s just not enough variety or off the wicket or anything in the air, which means it’s very difficult to play even in these conditions,” he said ahead of Friday’s IPL final between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders.
The former Australia all-rounder said that Hazlewood’s way of controlling the ball has similarities with that of great pacer Glenn McGrath.
He said, ‘He (Hazelwood) has control over the ball coming out of his fingers, which Glenn McGrath did. Watson, a former CSK player, said that he (McGrath) has control over how much the ball swings or which side the ball is headed, which Josh had from a young age, so was one of comparison for me.
“Yes, Glenn McGrath, his accuracy, his ability to do it again and again is something that many fast bowlers never had, but that’s what I have in common with Josh Hazlewood.”
Since making his Australia debut in 2010, Hazlewood has taken 212 wickets in 55 Tests, 93 and 21 scalps in 56 ODIs and 17 T20 Internationals respectively.