Josh Hazlewood Applauds India’s Strengths Ahead of World Cup Final Showdown

November 17, 2023 9:52 pm

Australia’s emphatic triumph over South Africa in the ODI World Cup semi-finals has propelled them once again into the pinnacle clash against India at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on November 19. In anticipation of the high-stakes encounter, pacer Josh Hazlewood commended the quality displayed by the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team, recognizing them as a formidable side without evident weaknesses.

Hazlewood acknowledged India’s outstanding performance in the ongoing tournament, securing victory in all ten matches, highlighting their prowess across batting, bowling, and fielding. 

This dominance poses a considerable challenge for the Australian side in the final. Nonetheless, the pacer emphasized Australia’s familiarity with Indian conditions, stemming from their extensive history of matches against the Men in Blue. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet. 

“We’ve played them a lot of times. We know them inside out, same with them. They’re a quality team, they’ve been on a march the whole tournament, no real weaknesses in their team, so, yeah, look forward to playing them on Sunday,” Hazlewood remarked, recalling their encounters and identifying glimpses of opportunity during India’s matches.

Hazlewood, along with Mitchell Starc, showcased an exceptional performance against South Africa, swiftly dismantling the Proteas’ batting lineup. Their early breakthroughs, capitalizing on favorable conditions, paved the way for South Africa’s dismissal for a mere 212 runs at Eden Gardens.

Reflecting on their partnership, Hazlewood expressed familiarity and understanding with Starc’s bowling dynamics, emphasizing their synchronization on the field. He reiterated their intent to replicate their successful partnership against India in the final.

“Starc and I have bowled together for a long time now, we know each other’s games, and we both play well on the same night, which is pleasing. Hopefully, we can do that on Sunday as well,” Hazlewood stated, highlighting the unique conditions that favored their bowling strategy in the semi-finals and their aspiration to capitalize on similar opportunities in the forthcoming final encounter. Get free cricket betting tips only on Nextbet Sports.