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

Updated on: May 18, 2023 9:38 pm IST

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

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are once again not playing senior fast bowler Josh Hazlewood for their 13th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It was a great confidence boosting result for the Royal Challengers Bangalore when they managed to beat Rajasthan Royals by a comprehensive margin of 112 runs during their last match of IPL 2023. This victory helped RCB secure a positive Net Run Rate (NRR) of +0.166 and are placed at the fifth position with a total of 6 victories and as many losses in the tournament.

SRH vs RCB IPL 2023: Why is Josh Hazlewood Not Playing Today IPL Match?

During the toss, it was stated that Josh Hazlewood misses out from the RCB playing 11 for this SRH vs RCB match on Thursday. Incidentally, for the second game in a row, he is not even part of the substitute members list that could mean, he might be struggling with some fitness issues. However, following his late entry into the RCB camp during the IPL 2023 season due to injury, Hazlewood has managed to secure three wickets in three matches with an economy rate of under 9. There is speculation surrounding his absence from the side, and it is possible that the experienced Australian fast bowler may be grappling with fitness concerns. In his absence, left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell bowled a match-winning spell for RCB where he took three crucial wickets.

“We are gonna have a bowl. The last two nights we have had some dew. Good surface but touch on the slower side. Same team as last game. Hasaranga has a niggle. Bracewell strengthens our batting. We have to start afresh. The game of cricket has a funny way of biting you. You have to have the humility of looking at a fresh game,” 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. Shahbaz Ahmed
7. Karn Sharma
8. Michael Bracewell
9. Harshal Patel
10. Mohammed Siraj
11. Wayne Parnell

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Josh Hazlewood IPL 2023 Price

Royal Challengers Bangalore secured the services of Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood for INR 7.75 crore in the IPL 2022 auction. Hazlewood showcased his worth by claiming 20 wickets in a mere 12 matches, impressively maintaining an economy rate of under 9 runs per over. His contributions established him as a prized asset for the team. RCB’s decision to retain him for IPL 2023 solidifies his role as a senior bowler, ensuring his continued presence and expertise in the squad.

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