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If you have been an ardent fan of the Indian cricket team in late 1990s and early 2000s, you would despise it whenever Matthew Hayden took to the crease against our bowlers. Hell, even the Men in Blue needed to rattle their brains in order to get this legend of a cricketer to return to the locker room. Such a terror was the former Aussie skipper. However, ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) began in 2008, Hayden, who batted for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings for the first three years (2008-10) before retiring, was welcomed by the people of Chennai with open arms because of the level of success he brought to the “whistle podu” franchise. Finally, when Hayden took to the commentary box to stay connected to the game he loves so much and show off his speaking skills, he truly became one of our favourites. Also, there is something about tall, international players in 'lungis' that no Indian fan can get over, period. We have to make them one of our own once they have worn lungi in public, it's an unspoken code. Well, that's exactly what the 6'1'' athlete from Down Under did a couple of days ago when he was spotted at Chennai's heavily populated area of T Nagar, shopping. Disguised in fake beard and mustache, Haydos covered his head with a fisherman's hat, looking all dapper in a brand new lungi. View this post on Instagram Bit of undercover shopping at T Nagar Street Mall in Chennai @starsportsindia @iplt20 @chennaiipl A post shared by Matthew Hayden (@haydos359) on Apr 1, 2019 at 8:10am PDT “Bit of undercover shopping at T Nagar Street Mall in Chennai,” wrote the Australian on his Instagram post. But, why go through the trouble to stick fake hairs to your face, only to head out in the public? According to an interview with the Times of India, Hayden was challenged to do so by his buddy and former Australian teammate Shane Warne. “It was a challenge by Warne to buy items for under Rs 1000. That's why I went around the market to buy some lungis, shirts, Rajini sunnies and a watch,” he said. Hayden was also assisted by a local boy, whom he remembered to thank for winning the bet: “I paid the boy Rs 100. And I can proudly tell you that I won the challenge (with Warne).”
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsA month ago, during India's visit Down Under, we got to see some A-Grade matches, batting and bowling performances by Cheteshwar Pujara, and Yuzvendra Chahal along with Shaun Marsh and the others from the Australian's roster and some brilliant sledging in good faith between the two wicket keepers in Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine during the five-Test series. It seems as if we have developed quite the taste for competitive match-ups as with a few days left in hand for Australia's tour to India for the two-match T20I and five-match ODI series, one of India's all-time great opener, Virendra Sehwag pokes fun at the beast the Australian Cricket Team is eventually going to become with the return of their star-performers in Steve Smith and David Warner before the 2019 World Cup begins. In a television commercial promoting the upcoming series, Sehwag turns into a babysitter taking care of little infants as they make their way into an Indian locker room in their tiny little Yellow Australian cricket jerseys. “Aley aley aley, dekho kaun aaya idhar…? Australia ki paltan aa gai hai,” says the very lovable sitter in Viru. This commercial is obviously the product of the small trash-talking session that took place between Pant and Paine during which Australia's Test captain asked Pant if he would like to babysit his kids. Later, Pant actually posed with Paine's wife and kids for the iconic picture. Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?" *Challenge accepted!* ð¶ (ð¸ Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT — ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019 And now, cricketer turned announcer, Matthew Hayden reached out on Twitter to respond to the sly jab with an apt comeback. #BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy https://t.co/yRUtJVu3XJ — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) February 11, 2019 "#BeWarned Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy @virendersehwag @StarSportsIndia Just remember who's baby sitting the #WorldCup trophy," Hayden tweeted. The Aussies' tour of India begins on 24th February 2019 with first of two T20I matches at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, while the ODI series will begin on 2nd March 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.