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Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden recalled his Indian Premier League (IPL) days with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He talked about what irritates MS Dhoni and also named the best sledger.

MS Dhoni no doubt has been one of the best skippers in the history of the IPL. What has caught the attention of many was how he brings the best out of his players even when they are not having a great time with the bat and ball. 

Over the years many stalwarts have played for CSK and one among them was Australia’s Matthew Hayden. The former Australian opener played two seasons in IPL for Chennai Super Kings and played some staggering knocks for the team with his special mongoose bat. 

He was totally a different character on the field. Apart from his heroics with the bat, he was an exceptional entertainer on the field. During a candid conversation with ESPNCricinfo, he was asked about CSK skipper MS Dhoni. 

Matthew Hayden revealed that doing nothing on the field irritates MS Dhoni the most. Speaking about the same, he elaborated: 

“MS Dhoni is pretty unflappable it must be said but if you really wanna give him the shivers. Just have a slack fielding effort. Don’t contribute in the field and that’s one of the few times you would look at him and go ‘ooh that’s not gonna be good.”

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Matthew Hayden picks the most ‘entertaining sledger’ and better sprinter than MS Dhoni 

Matthew Hayden was also asked about who would win a 100-metre race between prime MS Dhoni and prime Mike Hussey. Replying to this, he didn’t hesitate and named his former Australian teammate. 

Matthew Hayden also picked Harbhajan Singh as the most entertaining sledger he played with or against. He stated: “I always loved the battle with Harbhajan Singh, he was a beauty.” 

Matthew Hayden played 32 games in IPL and scored 1107 runs. He also slammed 8 half-centuries in the league.

Ankitjit is an author at Cricketaddictor. He has been working with the organization since April 2023 and he has written more than 2000 articles for the website.