Sydney Thunder Junior Member Hayden received the surprise of a lifetime when his hero Chris Green visited his local cricket club, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club.
During the KFC Big Bash League, Thunder received a video of Hayden imitating Green’s distinct bowling action in his junior cricket match.
The video inspired Green to run a competition via Instagram to find who could imitate his action the best, with seven-year-old Hayden voted the winner by Green’s 20,000 followers.
“Hayden was trying so hard to keep cool and composed in front of his hero, but he was absolutely bursting with excitement,” said Hayden’s mum.
“It was an incredible day. Hayden’s reaction, and the reactions of all the other boys and girls and their families were priceless. It was the best surprise ever. Chris is such a genuine, humble person, a very talented professional and just a wonderful ambassador for Sydney Thunder and the sport of cricket as a whole. It’s no wonder that he is such a fan favourite and sporting hero, especially among junior cricketers.
“Being able to share it with our cricket family made it all the more special. Hayden is such a quiet kid, but in cricket he’s found something that gives him confidence. Right now, he feels ten feet tall.”