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Water sports keeps Hayden on his toes

cricket Updated: May 19, 2009 12:41 IST

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Chennai Super Kings' batsman Matthew Hayden is having a blast, literally, in this Indian Premier League and feels water sports helps him unwind and maintain balance between cricket and life.

Hayden, who is a big fan of water sports, has been spending time in South Africa surfing and kayaking.

"I' am just glad to have some time out for water surfing," Hayden said.

"During this tournament I've spent more time on the ocean than I have on a cricket field. I love kayaking and surfing and then if there's a time when I like doing some fishing. I like to explore the water world," said the burly left-hander who has clobbered bowlers to score 546 runs with five half-centuries in 11 innings.

"Apart from being a passion, it gives me an edge because in a tournament in which matches are played over half a day and are scheduled every other day, there is a lot of time spent on thinking cricket. You need to have a balance in life and surfing gives me that," he told IPL's official website.

Hayden, who retired from the Australian national side this January, said life in international cricket was becoming lot more demanding and so he chose to express himself in the Twenty20 format.