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New Delhi: Now a “good friend” of Matthew Hayden, out-of-favour India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has recalled a time when the big-hitting former Australia opener had threatened to punch him in his face.

The incident happened throughout an ODI collection in 2004.

Patel shared the anecdote throughout an interplay with Fever Network’s ‘100 hours 100 stars’.

“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,” Patel mentioned.

The gesture didn’t go down nicely with the burly Aussie who gave the Indian an earful.

“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,” Patel mentioned.

The two cricketers grew to become teammates at Chennai Super Kings, 4 years after that incident.

Patel mentioned he additionally received invited by Hayden at his residence in Australia for dinner after the 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.

“…after the IPL finished, I went to Australia with an emerging side. Hayden called me home, prepared chicken biryani and dal for me,” mentioned Patel.



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