Parthiv Patel, the Indian keeper-batsman has been playing for team Indian for a very long time now. Though he made his cricketing debut as a teenager in the year 2002, however, this didn’t stop him from involving in sledging during his initial days.
Parthiv sledging Steve Waugh and later rebutting during the latter’s final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004, is still afresh in everyone’s minds. Recently, during an interview with Fever Network’s 100 hours 100 stars, Parthiv Patel went on to share another incident involving Australian opener Matthew Hayden.
The incident took place during the 2004 VB series league game between India and Australia that happened in Gabba. Mathew Hayden who was turning into a nightmare for team India, as he had already scored a century and was going stronger, was involved in a verbal dual with Irfan Pathan throughout his knock. However, he was soon dismissed by Irrfan Pathan.
Parthiv Patel was 12th man in that game and as Mathew was returning back to pavilion, Parthiv decided to have some fun with him. He booed him. He revealed:
“I was carrying drinks in Brisbane, it was the match in which Irfan Pathan got him out. He had already scored a hundred, and it was a crucial stage when Irfan got him out. And I was just passing him by and I did a “hoo hoo” to him,”
Parthiv revealed how Mathew got so angry that he wanted to punch him. He said:
“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,”
Parthiv Patel also revealed how later on they became good friends and played together for their IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. He said:
“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,”
“Even after the IPL finished, I went to Australia with an emerging side. Hayden called me home, prepared chicken biryani and dal for me,”
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