Don’t be surprised if you soon see Chennai Super Kings requesting Matthew Hayden to put away his Mongoose bat and get hold of the ones he played with in the first two seasons of the IPL.
The publicity the new bat is getting may suggest the left-hander is butchering the bowlers, but reality is quite different. Hayden has actually been much less effective this IPL than he had been in the previous two. The fact that he got just one 35 plus score in the seven outings this time as against five in as many matches in the last edition sums up the story. Even in the first season, wherein Hayden played four matches before injury knocked him out, he had scored two big fifties.
To be fair, the Mongoose bat may not be the only factor for his relatively weak showing this season. But then, if he fires, it can’t be just because of the bat — be it the Mongoose or any other.