New Delhi: Mathew Hayden's connection with India dates back to the time he first arrived with the Australian cricket team.
The left-hander played some of his most memorable knocks on turning tracks in sweltering heat.
Apart from scoring runs on the pitch, the food and Indian culture also appealed to Hayden.
This bond with India further strengthened when Chennai Super Kings picked him up for the Indian Premier League.
The Chennai fans, known to be the most passionate cricket lovers in the country, took to Haydos in no time.
Last month, Hayden returned to Chennai for the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Like most residents of the city, he too was smitten by Kabali and Rajinikanth fever.
He even imitated the legendary actor, delivering three dialogues from the iconic film.
Watch Hayden's impressive tribute to the great Rajinikanth...
— Rajinikanth Fans (@RajiniFC) September 5, 2016