03 August, 2021

Super Bat Matt

Hayden has swum ashore in the stormy world of Test cricket, and he is here to stay. And the World Cup could see his coronation in the abridged version as well.

Super Bat Matt
Mathew Lawrence Hayden wasn’t born with a halo. He has wrestled adversity and failures and made greatness his own. Even by the most rigorous definition, the crown of a ‘great’ sits very comfortably alongside his Bradmanesque exploits over the past two seasons; and we can proudly claim, with joy, that it all began in India. Like Viv Richards before him, it was here that Hayden’s fairytale entered the ‘ballroom’.

"Before the India tour, my career was one of starts and stops," Hayden said in the course of an interview recently. "I never lack confidence, I knew I was good enough to play for Australia but during the India tour, I got it all together."

The southpaw always had the ability, but statistics were lopsided. From the moment he struck a magnificent 149 on his first-class debut, he continued to demonstrate a seemingly unquenchable thirst for big scores. But just in first-class cricket. He struggled on elevation to the international stage. So, when he arrived in India with Waugh’s ‘Invincibles’ he had an unflattering average in the measly 20s and many...

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