Iron hands for future games – Haddin

The Australians are overjoyed with the consecutive victories against India but couple of important let downs in the series by their wicket keeper Brad Haddin still haunts him but he has assured to deliver his best in the forthcoming matches.

Bradley James Haddin
Bradley James Haddin

Bradley James Haddin is a promising keeper of Australia, has sharp eyes behind the stumps and his acrobatic keeping directs the batsmen back to the pavilion almost in every encounter. He has the ability to dive either sides to grasp an impossible catch and the batsmen take no chances to cross the line as he hardly misses any stumping chance.

Gautam Ghambhir was dropped on 66 runs by him in the second innings of the Sydney Test of James Pattinson. There was a thick outside edge from the blade of Ghambhir which flew to the left of Haddin but the ball slipped out of the leather. India had lost two wickets for 111 runs at that stage and that wicket could have put them in hot waters at the crucial juncture of their innings.

Ghambhir got fair advantage of the chance and further added 17 runs to his credit and accumulated 56 runs with Sachin Tendukkar before he lost his wicket. The Indian innings got consolidation and went on to score 400 runs before they were bowled out.

Haddin was fully aware of the let off which was a cause of concern for him but he has focused his eyes on the next Test at Perth. He commented, “The biggest thing is you don’t over analyse it. It happens as a wicketkeeper you just don’t want to make a habit of it. It was just one of those things in the game. I actually saw it pretty early and probably moved too fast. The train goes onto Perth and let’s hope it’s a better performance there.”

Bradley James Haddin has appeared in 41 Tests for the Kangaroos and held 150 catches behind the three sticks with four stumping. He has scored 2204 runs at a reasonable average of 35.54, the best of 169 runs with three centuries and 10 fifties. He is deputising Michael Clarke in the absence of Shane Watson who is suffering from some health problems.

Ealier Haddin dropped Virender Sehwag in the first innings of the Melbourne Test at 58 runs off Pattinson as well. It was an edge which was misjudged by the keeper completely and the ball hit his wrist and went away from him. Sehwag was unable to en-cash the chance and could add just nine runs to his individual score before he was gone.

Haddin has grasped eight catches in two Tests against India but is struggling with the willow and managed mere 33 runs in two innings at an average of 16.50 with the best of 27 runs.

The dropped chance of Ghambhir is still pinching Haddin but such things happens in cricket and all best wicket keepers have gone through such let offs during their career. The best part was the acknowledgment of the bubble from Haddin who is determined for a positive show in future. He further said, “We’d just gone up an extra metre to make sure the ball was going to carry and it [the Gambhir chance] flew up and it was one of those things that happens in cricket. It obviously dents your confidence a bit but from my point of view it happens in cricket.”


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