The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have been dealt another major blow after Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to an injury. Now, the Virat Kohli-led side has been dealt another big jolt as Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the tournament due to a side strain.
Hazlewood, who was signed by RCB ahead of the 2021 season, was expected to be a key member of the team’s bowling attack. However, the 29-year-old has now been ruled out of the tournament due to a side strain. This is a major setback for RCB, who were already without the services of Maxwell due to an injury.
Hazlewood had made a good start to the tournament, picking up four wickets in three matches. He had also bowled economically, conceding just 6.50 runs per over. His absence will be a big blow to RCB, who are already struggling in the bowling department.
The Australian pacer’s absence will also put more pressure on the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel and Kyle Jamieson to deliver the goods. RCB will now have to look for a replacement for Hazlewood, who was expected to be a key member of the team’s bowling attack.
RCB have already lost two of their key players in Maxwell and Hazlewood, and it remains to be seen how they cope with the absence of these two players. It will be interesting to see how the Virat Kohli-led side fares in the remainder of the tournament without the services of these two players.