Parthiv Patel reminisces moment of altercation with Matthew Hayden
Hayden scored 109 runs from 107 balls at the Gabba.
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A heated exchange of words and banters, both on and off the field have sparked most of the times when India and Australia have locked horns. The famous Monkey-Gate scandal in 2007 won’t fade away easily even after a decade of the shambolic happening. Prior to that tour, India visited Australia at the end of 2003, the same tour where Irfan Pathan made his international debut.
The Men in Blue played a T20 triangular series with Zimbabwe and the hosts. In the fifth match between India and Australia in Brisbane, another incident Parthiv Patel and retired cricketer Matthew Hayden took place. The wicketkeeper-batsman attended a chat show named, ‘Breakfast With Champions’ hosted by the charismatic Gaurav Kapur.
During the show, he went 14 years down the memory lane and talked about the occurrence. The Yellow Army were chasing a daunting target of 304 set by Sourav Ganguly’s men. VVS Laxman’s masterful century lifted the visitors to the massive score. During the run-chase, the Aussies were in contention for a victory for a chunk of the match, mostly because of Hayden’s presence.
Parthiv’s attempt to get under Hayden’s skin
The Queenslander notched a stupendous century to take his team close. However, Irfan Pathan got rid of him in the 34th over. The hulk-like batsman charged down the track and nicked the leather, which traced into Rahul Dravid’s webbings behind the wickets. Parthiv, who was carrying drinks, said ‘wohoo’ while going past the opening batsman following the dismissal.
The same agitated the left-hander and he replied back by saying “If you ever do this again to me, I will punch on your face.” Parthiv had a rather hilarious reaction to the stern words. He went to Hayden and apologized. Moreover, he crawled beneath his legs as he is one foot short than the Aussie opener. India bowled their opponents out for 284 and won the match by 19 runs.