Australians are known for playing a highly aggressive brand of cricket and sledging has been a big part of the culture, which has made them a massively successful unit over the years. Adam Gilchrist who was one of the main men to sledge the opposition from behind the stumps has now though revealed what was the most brutal sledge he had ever heard in his life. He recalls that Matthew Hayden, his opening partner in ODI cricket was at the receiving edge of a funny sledge from none other than a spectator.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Gilchrist said, “Believe it or not, even standing in the middle … I happen to hear everything with listeners this big. The best sledge I heard from being on the field was when Matty Hayden, at the SCG, was out on the boundary. He misfielded, he didn’t get any runs and some bloke in the (crowd) yelled out ‘You’re rubbish Haydos. You didn’t score enough runs, you fumbled that’.”
What made the sledge funny though for Gilchrist was the punch-line with an allusion to being an awful cook who released a mediocre cook-book. Gilchrist added, “And also, and Haydos had just released a cookbook, he said ‘Your lasagna’s rubbish’. I reckon that’s fair call because Haydos’s cooking is very average. He’ll think it’s good but it’s average.”
Gilchrist concluded that he was not against sledging as long as it did not get personal and was not done with the intention of picking up a fight. “My personal philosophy was I didn’t go looking for a fight. The moment words left my mouth I was nervous, whether that was with bat or gloves. I just felt that I could drop a catch after saying something or I could get out next ball. But that certainly didn’t mean I shied away from something if it flared up. I was no angel out there but some player types go looking for it. Matthew Hayden thrived on a bit of spice. Brian Lara loved a battle,” Gilly summed up.