As the series decider is scheduled in the foothills of Himalayan region in Dharamsala, Australia’s fast-bowler Josh Hazlewood has expressed the pressure is on Virat Kohli’s men in the final Test, which commences March 25. This Test will also mark the end of the long home season for India.
After securing a magnificent win in Pune, Australia lost the second Test at Bengaluru while the Ranchi Test resulted in a draw. Hazlewood, who has eight wickets in three matches so far, feels India would be under extreme pressure right from the ball one at Dharamsala.
“The pressure is firmly on them [India],” Hazlewood was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
The 26-year-old Hazlewood said the visitors are looking forward to win the series, which has transpired on rare occasions as far as the Indian soil is concerned.
“We can draw it but we obviously want to win it, win 2-1 and win a series in India which rarely happens,” Hazlewood said.
Hazlewood said Kohli’s slump has put him under bit of a pressure as the skipper as he has failed to score big against the visitors after remarkable performances against Bangladesh, England and New Zealand.
“For every time he doesn’t get runs he’s closer to that big knock. Being a class player it’s going to be at some stage. “Hopefully, it’s not this next game,” Hazlewood said on Kohli.
Hazlewood said Dharamsala turf seems to be a result wicket before stating he is not expecting another draw.
“I think the wicket will determine a result. They need to win so the wicket they serve up will bring a result into the game,” Hazlewood concluded.
The series has also witnessed flare-ups between players both on and off the ground and a victory in series decider would satiate either of the teams thirst for the much-awaited winning challenge.
Earlier, while ticking many boxes, India came back strongly in the second Test in Bengaluru to level the series after a humiliating loss in Pune.
The third Test in Ranchi had a lot on offer for batsmen, which saw 25 wickets fell across all five days after Pune and Bengaluru pitches were rated as ‘poor’ by the ICC.
Hazlewood has played 29 Tests for Australia since making his international debut in 2010. He has bagged 117 wickets so far with 5 five-wicket hauls.