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Josh Hazlewood Defends Mitchell Marsh On Virat Kohli’s Drop Catch, Says ‘It's One Of Those Things That Happens’

During the match, Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets at an economy of 4.2. In his opening over, he claimed the wickets of Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma. Later on in the ODI World Cup, he managed to get rid of Virat Kohli, preventing him from scoring his eighth century.

In their opening World Cup match, India defeated Australia by six wickets at Chepauk in an exciting match. On a muggy day, the Indian spinners applied pressure on the Australian batsmen, dismissing them for 199. In reply, India got off to a poor start, losing three wickets for two runs in the first two overs, both of which were taken by Josh Hazlewood.

If Mitchell Marsh had managed to hold onto Virat Kohli's mishandled shot, things might have taken a catastrophic turn for the hosts. When Kohli was given another opportunity at the crease, he was batting on twelve.

Kohli was bowled out by Hazlewood in the ninth over after Marsh misled wicketkeeper Alex Carey by covering a lot of ground from the mid-wicket area.

Josh Hazlewood, an Australian pacer, brushed down the significance of Virat Kohli's early wicket by Mitchell Marsh during the run chase.

In a press conference held after the game, Hazlewood stated, "No, I don't think so (it played a role). It was quite early obviously when that catch was dropped."

"I doubted Carey's ability to arrive. According to Hazlewood, "I believe it was Mitch's catch and probably just Carey got quite close in the end, so it might have just put Mitch off."

Marsh was supported by Hazlewood, who said that anyone may experience similar things and that the Australian team is already thinking ahead to the next games.

Yes, he did drop a catch, but that's a common occurrence, and everyone works hard to maintain their skills off the pitch. So, yes, we will carry on," Hazlewood remarked.

Hazlewood talked about how their bowling against the Indian team was successful before the dew factor made circumstances difficult.

"Whether the ball was in the air or off the wicket, we still thought it was doing enough. We were aware that spin would be difficult to play—perhaps not as difficult as it would be during the day, but challenging enough to play anyway, said Hazlewood.

He commended the Indian bowlers, particularly Kuldeep Yadav, a left-arm wrist spinner, who took two important wickets, including David Warner.

As they get ready to play South Africa in Lucknow, a new location for them in the competition, Hazlewood highlighted the various conditions found in India and emphasised the necessity to adjust to the shifting conditions and learn from every encounter.

In conclusion, Hazlewood said, "I think you just have to land on the ground and try and sum up what you think is the best thing to do first and what's going to happen later on."