Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Thursday recalled the 2003 World Cup encounter with former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and mentioned that the pair by no means got along after a ‘bad fight’. Speaking to former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff in a Youtube video, Akhtar mentioned: “I got into a fight with Matthew Hayden. First game of World Cup. We lost it, I completely lost it. Me and Matthew Hayden never got on really well,” he mentioned.
“He never knew about me. He called me ‘C-grade actor, and ‘a low-grade fast bowler’. So I said that ‘Matthew, I am going to get you in the World Cup’. Bad luck, we lost the game, and it was even more bad luck that we got up for breakfast very early in the morning,” he added.
Akhtar recalled that the 2 got right into a heated argument and needed to be pulled away from one another. “He and I were standing alone, having a breakfast, and had a verbal chat. And we got into a fight. A really, really bad fight. So thank god, they came in and pushed us away,” he mentioned.
Akhtar additional admitted he struck Hayden 5 occasions in a match, however the former Aussie batsman didn’t transfer an inch. “Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer – they used to tease me lots. They used to ask me to bowl fast, and fast, and fast. I wasted numerous my power in Melbourne and Perth Test matches.
“I hit them very badly, I hit Hayden about 5 occasions in three overs. But the man by no means moved an inch. I used to be shocked to see that. People used to get underneath my pores and skin lots,” he mentioned.