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Hayden attributes India's progress to IPL, T20 WC triumph
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Chennai, Apr 3 (PTI) Back in India for the second edition of the Indian Premier League, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden today attributed India's growing stature in Tests and ODIs to the IPL and the country's Twenty20 World Cup triumph.

"India was focused towards Tests and ODIs but the win in the T20 World Cup has changed all that and the IPL has brought out some excellent players," said Hayden, who addressed the media after his training session with the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk, here today.

The burly left-hander, who retired from international cricket after the third Test against South Africa in January following a string of sub-par performances, said he would be missing the Chepauk stadium after the IPL was shifted to South Africa since its dates were clashing with the Lok Sabha elections.

"I am really disappointed, I will be missing Chepauk," said the 37-year-old Hayden.

However, he said fans can expect fireworks in South Africa where small grounds and high altitude will ensure tall scores.

"Bowlers will have a chance there (in South Africa) but small grounds and high altitude will ensure high scores there too," he said, adding that the IPL will "take the game to a wider audience". PTI

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