Brad Haddin learns the truth hurts

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    When is the last time you remember an Australian cricketer being widely panned for offering a real opinion about an opponent?

    If Brad Haddin was a politician, news bulletins would be leading with headlines about a huge dive in the polls. 

    The 34 year old offered a rare insight into his real thoughts and message boards, fan forums and social media exploded with a view of their own.

    The wicket-keeper told Sky Sports Radio that India “can be as fragile as any team in the world if things aren’t going their way and they can turn on each other and the media turns on them pretty quick.”

    Reflecting on the crushing test win in Sydney he went on to say that the Aussies knew if they could keep India in the field and build a huge total the tourists would fold.

    “They break quicker than anyone in the world,” he said.

    Normally the chest beating on these shores would instantly begin and the cricketer treated like a hero. Break out the fans, sun bed and devoted followers to feed him grapes.

    Yesterday, in a strange twist, Haddin became the target.

    Most fans posting on twitter pointed to the New South Welshman’s sub-standard glove work at the SCG and his poor form with the bat. The perceived price he places on his wicket also got a workout in one-liners.

    It was an extraordinary reaction from fans who usually back the local even if he’s way out of line.

    The verbal barbs not only fired up the supporters, but also Indian paceman Zaheer Khan.

    “Well Brad Haddin, I think he should focus on his keeping,” Khan said.

    “That looked really fragile to me. He needs to start moving.”

    It’s rare for an athlete to offer anything beyond a cliche.

    They get criticised for being boring and fans lament the death of characters in the modern game. 

    It’s not that most are incapable of offering any insight that may seem interesting. Far from it. The majority of sportspeople have strong opinions about their opponents.

    The fear of firing their rivals up or a reprimand from officials usually keeps anything resembling a real thought far, far away from the public arena.

    Haddin will no doubt think twice before being so honest again.

    It’s a shame, but the bland and boring will always cause less trouble.

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      January 11th 2012 @ 9:26am
      wisey_9 said | January 11th 2012 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      if there is one thing that irks me more than a sore loser, it is a poor winner.

      bagging out a team you have just comprehensively beaten is not showing “character” – it’s showing a lack of class.

    • January 11th 2012 @ 9:44am
      Viscount Crouchback said | January 11th 2012 @ 9:44am | ! Report

      Silly comments from Haddin – these things have a way of biting you on the bum. Indeed, there are shades of Justin Langer’s “accidentally” leaked dossier on the English team before The Oval Test in 2009 – and we all remember what happened next…

      • January 11th 2012 @ 1:05pm
        JohnB said | January 11th 2012 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

        England doctored the pitch?:)

        But your comment is right. You’ve got the other team down. Why do or say anything that might contribute to getting them up?

    • January 11th 2012 @ 10:06am
      jamesb said | January 11th 2012 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      something was said in the media 4 years ago leading up to the WACA test between Australia and India. Peter Roebuck provided the controversy at the time. Australia, like this series did lead 2-0, but than went on to lose that WACA test.

      this time its Haddin who has stirred the controversy. Whilst Hadin was right about India been ”fragile”, I don’t think he was in a strong position to talk. Dropped catches and inept batting have put Haddin in a vulnerable position.

      Also in that 2008 series, Adam Gilchrist played his last test series. Maybe its time Haddin does the same at the end of this one.

      PS: If India does beat Australia at the WACA, we can thank Haddin for firing up the Indians.

    • January 11th 2012 @ 10:12am
      TomC said | January 11th 2012 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      At the risk of having my head btitten off, I think it should be pointed out that ‘they break quicker than anyone in the world’ was just one line in a series of remarks that were almost all highly positive about the Indians. I don’t think Haddin was trying to stir them up, or get in their heads or anything. I think he may have just misspoke.

      • January 11th 2012 @ 12:55pm
        Brian said | January 11th 2012 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

        I agree it sounded like he didn’t mean to say it. That of course only makes Haddin all the more stupid and leaves all wondering how he is still both in the team and more amazingly vice-captain

        • January 11th 2012 @ 3:34pm
          TomC said | January 11th 2012 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

          Well, I don’t know if being stupid should disqualify you from being in the Australian cricket team.

          • January 12th 2012 @ 1:25pm
            soapit said | January 12th 2012 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

            being stupid in radio interviews should count against you being vc though surely.

    • January 11th 2012 @ 10:29am
      rl said | January 11th 2012 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      I seem to remember not that long ago our batting lineup falling like dominos against S Africa, and NZ for goodness sakes. To me it smacks of a desperate effort by Haddin to retain his place by claiming a stake as the “cheerleader/hard man” of the Aussie team. Or does he think he is somehow going to sell tickets by stirring things up? Give yourself an uppercut if that’s the case – if the prospect of seeing a lineup featuring Sehwag, Dravid, Gambir, Laxman and The Little Master can’t pull a crowd, then nothing this bloke will say will change that.

      His comments would be poor enough if (IF!) he was in good form himself, but he just looks like a first class boofhead. Give me bland and boring anyday compared to senseless and callow.

    • January 11th 2012 @ 10:51am
      jameswm said | January 11th 2012 @ 10:51am | ! Report

      Whilst Haddin is probably right, it’s stupid to say something that could galvanise your opponents. If the Aussies think the Indians are fragile, and discuss it between themselves, then fine, no problem. Sit there smugly with this knowledge and put it into practice again in the next test.

      But don’t go out and fire up your opponents ffs.

      • January 11th 2012 @ 11:59am
        Chris said | January 11th 2012 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, etc have been around for far too long to take the slightest bit of notice about anything Brad Haddin (or anyone else in the Australian camp for that matter) say or think.

        Media beat up that a lot of people seem to have fallen for.

        • January 11th 2012 @ 12:11pm
          Big Steve said | January 11th 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

          it says alot when nearly every article about this or the whole series finishes wtih there is bad blood between teams as seen in the Symonds issues in 2008. There obviously isnt as seen by the way they have played this whole series. Stupid comments from players just give the media more chance to bring this up.

          And i agree with those above, Haddin should be more aware of his current position with the public before making these comments.

        • January 11th 2012 @ 1:23pm
          jameswm said | January 11th 2012 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

          So once you’ve played for a while, nothing your oppionents ever say will make a difference?

          Those ones you mentioned aren’t bowlers anyway. Zaheer Khan has been around for ages and may be fired up by the comments.

      • January 11th 2012 @ 12:21pm
        Dubble Bubble said | January 11th 2012 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        Yes they were my sentiments too. This could back fire on us big time.

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