'Please don't use this': Matthew Hayden recalls MS Dhoni's reaction to the 'mongoose bat'

NEW DELHI: Former Australian starter Mathew Hayden who used a mongoose bat in the third edition of the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) revealed that the then Indian patron Mahendra Singh Dhoni I had asked him not to use it.

Hayden was the opening hitter for the Chennai Super Kings (eventual winners in 2010) and had created a new sensation when he first introduced a bat that had a longer handle and a smaller hitting surface to take advantage of.

The bat, which was a sweet treat for all cricket fans, witnessed Hayden's biggest T20 hit when he hit 93 runs on just 43 balls to catch CSK on the line against Delhi in 2010.

I will ( Ms dhoni ) give you anything you want in life, to not use this bat. Please do not use this bat," recalled Hayden during a chat with the Indian Premier League ( IPL ) franchise CSK .

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The mongoose product was a step in the right direction and it was a brave and brave decision to use it, and for a couple of times when I used it I loved it, he added.

Hayden scored 346 runs with an average of 21.62 in IPL 2010. CSK had clinched the third edition of IPL after defeating Mumbai Indians in the final.

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