RCB vs GT IPL 2023: Why is Josh Hazlewood Not Playing Today’s IPL Match? Check RCB Playing 11

Updated on: May 21, 2023 9:02 pm IST

Why is Josh Hazlewood not playing RCB vs GT IPL 2023 match?

In an important news update, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will once again miss the services of their premier overseas pacer Josh Hazlewood in their 14th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Gujarat Titans (GT) being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will surely be feeling very much high on confidence as they are coming into this match after having registered two brilliant back-to-back wins against Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad during their previous two games. However, this is a must-win game for RCB as a victory will help them qualify for IPL 2023 playoffs.

RCB vs GT IPL 2023: Why is Josh Hazlewood Not Playing Today’s IPL Match?

During the toss, it was stated that Josh Hazlewood is not part of the RCB playing 11 for this RCB vs GT match on Sunday. Incidentally, he is reported to have struggling with an injury and was not available for selection. Despite joining the RCB camp late in the IPL 2023 season due to an injury, Hazlewood has made an impact by claiming three wickets in three matches with an economy rate of less than 9. Speculation surrounds the reasons for his absence, raising concerns about his fitness. During his absence, Wayne Parnell, a skilled left-arm pacer, delivered a match-winning performance for RCB, securing three crucial wickets.

“You always want to chase because of the conditions, but the team batting first has done well here. It is a new one and the guys are motivated for this one. Just one change. Karn Sharma misses out and Himanshu Sharma replaces him,” said Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis during the toss.

RCB Playing 11

1. Virat Kohli
2. Faf du Plessis (C)

3. Glenn Maxwell
4. Mahipal Lomror
5. Anuj Rawat (wk)

6. Dinesh Karthik
7. Michael Bracewell
8. Harshal Patel
9. Mohammed Siraj
10. Wayne Parnell
11. Vijaykumar Vyshak

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Josh Hazlewood IPL 2023 Price

Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood proved his value for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022 auction, securing a contract worth INR 7.75 crore. In just 12 matches, he took an impressive 20 wickets while maintaining an economy rate of under 9 runs per over. His outstanding performances established him as a valuable asset for the team. RCB’s decision to retain him for IPL 2023 reaffirms his position as a senior bowler, ensuring his continued presence and expertise in the squad.

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