Port Elizabeth: 'Love for the cricket' is the secret behind Matthew Hayden's scintillating performance in the ongoing IPL extravaganza at South Africa.
Hayden is currently leading the IPL batting charts with 546 from 11 matches. He is comfortably holding on to the oragne cap over his nearest rival Adam Gilchrist and he credits the success to love for the beautiful game.
"Well you want to see us retired (laughs). We will retire again. I think if you are talking about guys like Adam and I, we love the game. We always wanted to get back into the ring. I wanted to leave the game when I was still at the top and I did the same."
"But Twenty20 cricket has provided me the opportunity to punch on in a different format. A much punchier format that I have grown to enjoy," Hayden said.
Former Aussie opener said courtesy short-duration T20 tournaments he is able to balance cricket and personal life.
"The constant pressure and demands of the international schedule lasts 10 months, which is a long programme. So to me it has given me an opportunity to fight. And Saturday was a good example of that -- to remain fresh and have my life back."
"Also, it has also brought back players of the caliber of Adam Gilchrist into the game. And that is why I too have come back in the squad, for the love of cricket," he was quoted as saying in IPL's official website.