Jaipur: Despite talk that the Sawai Mansingh Stadium pitch could offer help to seam bowlers, Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin felt Wednesday’s ODI could turn out to be a high-scoring tie.
“We just walked across the outfield and from the looks of it (the wicket) I felt it could be a high-scoring game,” said Haddin. “Traditionally, I think the wicket here has been a good batting wicket.”
Asked whether the team had taken inputs from the two Rajasthan Royals players in the Australian team, Shane Watson and James Faulkner, Haddin said: “We have played here before as a team and Shane has played a lot of cricket. He is pretty familiar with the surface.” Then, the Aussie wicketkeeper paused and jokingly added: “I have just started talking to Faulkner again.”
In the Pune tie, Haddin was left to rue Faulkner’s over-enthusiasm when the latter got so carried away with his celebrations of dismissing Shikhar Dhawan that he poked the wicketkeeper in the eye.
Haddin had raised his palms in front of his face awaiting a double high-five but it all went wrong when Faulkner missed the gloves and poked Haddin directly in the eye.