New Delhi: For Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris, this Saturday was a special one!
Struggling to find their old rhythm back, both the cricketers finally made their presence felt at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, scoring half-centuries. That not only helped Australia march on, but also provided the players the much needed confidence.
There was a time when both Haddin and Harris had decided to hang up their boots. While, a nagging injury made life difficult for Harris, Haddin’s situation was far more complicated. After his daughter was diagnosed with cancer two years back, the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman had decided to sever ties with his favourite game. “Cricket was nowhere on my mind at that time. It was the toughest phase of my life,” an emotional Haddin said.
And that particular phase taught him a lot. The stumper-batsman has time and again admitted that it was at that time, he learned the art of having patience. “That was a challenging time for us. It’s been a real learning experience,” he stressed.
It was initially difficult for him to get back to business, but Haddin has done it perfectly. Showing resilience, he has actually played a stellar role in Australia’s victory in both home and away series. Ask him about that, and he says it’s all in the mind. “You need to be strong. That’s what matters,” he said.
Drawing flak for poor form, Haddin finally shrugged off all odds to score a half-century that actually put Australia in a comfortable position on Saturday.
It’s ditto for Harris. Depressed with a nagging injury, the Australian speedster had given up watching the game. Perhaps, it was difficult for him to see his teammates take the field, while he was being operated on the knee. Depression went to such a level that he had actually thought of parting ways with cricket.
“It was really disappointing to see myself in such a condition. It was just not acceptable. It was quite disappointing,” the Aussie quick, who scored 72 runs on Saturday, told this correspondent a few months ago.
Life has been a puzzle for both Haddin and Harris. Even after making a comeback, they were unable to find the lost touch. But after Saturday’s performance, they would be hoping for success to come their way. Cricket, after all, is a great leveler!