Batting consultant, Mathew Hayden praises Pak cricket team dressing room culture

Oct 26, 2021: Matthew Hayden, Pakistan cricket team’s batting consultant, praised the national cricket team’s dressing room culture, saying he had never seen a more disciplined and humble approach to winning.

Hayden said that living in a Pakistani dressing room was also an “extraordinary” cultural experience for him. Referring to the recent Pak win against India while talking to his former teammates Brad Hayden and Brett Lee on an Australian network, the batting consultant said that cricket is like a religion for people in this part of the world. He termed the intensity of Pak-India match as “Holy Grail of Cricket Calendar”.

“There was such passion and determination during the Pak-India match in the T20 World Cup,” he said. One of the things that was not seen in these pictures is the excitement and stardom outside the dressing room but inside the dressing room “I have never seen a more disciplined and more polite way to win I am very humble. ”

Commenting on the novel experience, he further said that the whole culture of the dressing room of the Pakistani team is full of a wonderful sense of spirituality and spirit, which you will never see in the dressing room of Australia.

“I mean, every day, it’s incredible discipline, you can walk on the elevator, and if it’s time for prayer, you’ll see them all praying together.” “So, it’s an extraordinary cultural experience for me, but to see the way they engage with each other, the way they engage with spirituality and purpose around their country, is extraordinary.”

In response to a question, Hayden said that the game of cricket is highly respected in the dressing room of Pakistan and the players are very coachable. He added that instead of working on technique in the short term, he is moving towards improving the mindset of the players.

Talking about the overall profile of the team he said, “We also have a very diverse age group of players, we have players who have played against us as well as Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, these are two boys who are in their 40s and their excellent input in the group. 

According to Hayden, the Pak captain, Babar Azam is a solid leader, he doesn’t worry about things, he goes to his performances, he leads with humility.

Commenting on the pace battery, Hayden spoke highly of pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi who destroyed Indian batting on Sunday and helped Pakistan orchestrate a memorable win in the T20 World Cup match.

The consultant also mentioned Harris Rauf, saying Rauf has played in the Big Bash League, he has come from the humble beginning of playing tennis and cricket, he plays in Pakistan, he has never played hardball, he was found in the Talent Hunt program, and yet all of a sudden now he is bowling 150s.

Hayden says he sees a lot of potential young fast bowlers who want to be Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee, in the pace attack in Pakistan.

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