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Former wicketkeeper now Warriors mentor. - 24/09/2016

"I put my hand up and that’s where it all started."- Brad Haddin.

The Karnataka Premier League is due to start, and the Mysurur warriors are all geared up for the new season. The Warriors are known to make changes to keep improving the team each year, whether it is adding former Australian wicket-keeping batsman Brad Haddin as team mentor or an inspiring speech from the South African leadership coach Paddy Upton last year, the team is always known to bring something new and fresh.

Haddin didn’t have it easy, he put in a lot of time and training to make his mark in Australian Cricket. Though he showed a lot of promise for the job of wicket-keeping, he did not get the role at first. The right-handed batsman finally made his test debut at the age of 30, and eventually became the Vice – Captain and a key senior figure for the side. He was the most important player in the 2013-14 Ashes, where Australia made a clean sweep. His 439 runs at 61.62 along with the way he got Australia out of tricky positions in the first innings, his skills behind the stumps also showed the world that he is not a player to take lightly.

Born on 23rd October 1977, the 36-year-old Wicket-keeping batsman having played 66 tests, 126 ODI’s and 34 T-20’s, made his coaching debut as assistant coach of the Australia A team. Being a member of the Australian World cup winning team in 2015 and Ambassador of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) along with Steven Smith, his Knowledge for the sport is not limited.

On adding the current New South Wales Blues player, Owner, Mr Arjun Ranga said “We are delighted to have Mr. Haddin on board as a mentor for Mysuru Warriors in the upcoming KPL. We are sure that his experience in the international arena will bring a lot of exposure to our players, and will help them reach the next level.”

The Star of Mysore, an evening newspaper in the city of Mysuru had an exclusive interview with the 36-year-old Australian Player, where he managed to share a lot about his life and what he expects from the warriors this year.

It all started with one single phone call about how the Warriors were looking for a mentor “I have been blessed in my career as I was with some wonderful Australian teams and I have enjoyed success in some tournaments. So I grabbed the opportunity not only to share my knowledge but also to learn a few things myself.” Said Haddin.

The man who makes some fantastic moves behind the wicket had a lot to say when he says the team, “training sessions have been successful with the boys and they are gaining some match situation experience. There is a lot of skill and my job is to make sure that team is all set to play tough cricket.” He also added that his main role is to “help the boys understand the tournament and help them bring the team together.”

T-20 is a field that is growing and there are a lot of T-20 leagues going on all around the world, The Karnataka Premier league is one such event that can help young players grow and learn a lot from some of the most experienced players.

“Mysuru is a quiet city when compared to other cities where I have been.” said Haddin. We need to make sure that the team starts picking up as the tournament starts. It is also an opportunity for me to experience something different and share my experience with the players.” He added. Cricket is a sport that is for both the young and the old, it’s a sport that showcases a few different skills, it’s like no other sport, one is tested both physically and mentally. The sport is continuously growing and one should know when they have reached their peak, “it was my time to call it a day and now it’s time to watch the players from far.” the 36-year-old wicketkeeper batsman said.

The Mysuru Warriors who were champions back in 2014, are looking to get back the championship status, with the 27-year-old Right-handed batsman, Manish Pandey and newly joined Australian Mentor, Brad Haddin, the Warriors in yellow have their chance to make a comeback this year.

“I play the way I want to play, all I wanted to do was make myself the best possible cricketer I can be. “- Former Australian Cricketer Brad Haddin.

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