I am not the next Gilly: Haddin

Published: Monday, December 1, 2008, 15:31 [IST]
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HaddinAdelaide: Current Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has told his fans that comparisons with his predecessor Adam Gilchrist are "embarrassing" and pleaded with them to get off his back.

Haddin had been under some scrutiny with the bat and gloves after an indifferent start to his Test career. But he responded on Sunday with a superb 169 - the highest score by a wicketkeeper on Australian soil.

"Adam is arguably one of the best players to ever play the game. I can only trust what I do is going to be successful at Test cricket and not try to be anyone else. I think it''s quite embarrassing (that) people keep mentioning Adam''s name because he has been one of the greats of the game and I have played half a dozen Test matches," Fox Sports quoted Haddin, as saying.

Haddin, who has wasted several promising starts with the bat in his short career, admitted he had begun to doubt himself during the rugged tour of India.

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"I think in India at the back end of that tour I started doubting myself a bit, probably putting too much pressure on myself. But the bottom line was I was doing all the work I could possibly do and doing all the right things off the field," he said.

Michael Clarke crunched his third ton in his past three Tests in Adelaide, but revelled more in Haddin''s success.

"We have played a lot of cricket for New South Wales, he is a very good friend of mine," Clarke said.

"Your first Test hundred is so special and I said, ''Cherish it, because you will never forget that feeling of raising your bat for the first time for your country''."


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