Cricket

Orange Cap:Matthew Hayden's Property

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 20:  Matthew Hayden of Chennai hits out during IPL T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at St Georges Cricket Ground on April 20, 2009 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
Aaseesh MarinaContributor IMay 8, 2009

If there's one thing that's near certain this IPL, it's Matthew Hayden finishing with the Orange cap. Hayden is an embodiment of runs and the Orange cap brightly signifies it.

Calling Hayden a great opening batsmen would be an understatement. The best would be rather appropriate as he defines the very qualities of an opener. He makes the best use of the power plays making them a treat to watch,he slams and bullies the balls over the white line time and again making the bowlers look like cannon fodder to a Heavyweight Boxing champ.

Hayden amassed 378 runs in 8 matches at an average of 47.25, while his nearest competitor is 82 runs behind him.

His starts are what keep Chennai Super Kings going and they provide a lot of momentum for the team to build up a high score. The Chennai Super Kings average score of 170 gives testament to this fact. Other teams don't even have an average score of 150.

His recent knock against the Kings XI Punjab was mesmerizing,the stunner against chawla is a special one where he went down the track and smacked the ball over long on.

He was the highest scorer with 265 runs in the first edition of the T20 World Cup and had there been a orange cap it would have been his.

For a burly man from Queensland who's presence on the striker's spot scares the living daylights of any half-hearted bowler, he's really laid back off the field and says it's fun to be back and that he is happy to be doing well.

While many players are in good touch and are scoring at a good pace,Hayden's knock of 89 runs against Kings XI was a clear statement to them

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