100 Hours 100 Stars: Parthiv Patel recalls when Matthew Hayden threatened to ‘punch him in the face’
100 Hours 100 Stars: India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel recalled the incident when a joke landed him in hot water with Australian opener Matthew Hayden.Updated: May 05, 2020 19:49 IST
India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel is now good friends with Matthew Hayden. The two played together for three years at Chennai Super Kings where they opened together for the franchise. But there was a time when the keeper angered the Aussie opener. Speaking in Fever Network’s initiative 100 Hours 100 Stars video, Parthiv recalled the incident from a match in Brisbane when he got into hot waters with Hayden.
“He got so angry at me. He was standing at the Brisbane dressing room which is like a tunnel. He was standing there, and he said ‘if you do this again, i will punch your face’. I said ‘sorry’, I stood around and he went off,” the 35-year-old said.
He further added that the two became really good friends after they played together in IPL. “Yeah, Hayden wanted to beat me up in Brisbane. But we became good friends after that. We played a lot of cricket together at CSK. We enjoyed each other’s company. Opening the batting was fun with him. We’ve had good times off the field as well. So we patched up after that Brisbane incident,” he said.
“Even after the IPL finished, I went to Australia with an emerging side. Hayden called me home, prepared chicken biryani and dal for me,” he said.
Parthiv also went on to recall the incident when he tried to sledge Steve Waugh back in 2004. The Australian captain, at the time, replied back to him: “Show a bit of respect, you were in nappies when I played my first Test match”.
Speaking on the same, Patel said: “I never got a chance of meeting Steve Waugh after that incident. But I got a chance of meeting his son Austin Waugh when India were playing the 4th Test in 2019. He was bringing drinks for the Australian team. So, I went up to him and I told him to give my regards to his father and then I told him ‘you were in your nappies when I made my Test debut’.”
“Australian team is very different off the field. I have played with Matthew Hayden at CSK in IPL for three years. He is such a nice human when you are in his side. And same with Binga (Brett Lee). I have been commentating with Binga. He is probably the nicest.”