In a crucial moment during the 2nd ODI between India and Australia, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood delivered a masterful ball that led to the dismissal of Ruturaj Gaikwad. The delivery, clocked at 137.9kph, was a testament to Hazlewood’s precision and skill.
Hazlewood bowled the ball in what is often referred to as the “corridor of uncertainty,” a zone that troubles batsmen by keeping them guessing about the ball’s movement. The good-length delivery maintained its line, hovering marginally outside the off-stump. Gaikwad, anticipating the ball to angle in, stepped forward to defend.
However, Hazlewood’s delivery held its line, inducing an edge from Gaikwad’s bat. The result was a thick outside edge, and wicketkeeper Alex Carey showcased his agility with a remarkable diving catch to his right. It was a classic Hazlewood dismissal, one that relies on precision and induces errors from the batsman.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s departure came after a brief stay at the crease, where he managed to score 8 runs from 12 balls, including two boundaries. The wicket was an early breakthrough for Australia and a testament to Hazlewood’s ability to trouble batsmen in challenging conditions.