2009 - Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)
It is a shame that Matthew Hayden, a player that was as close to the ideal T20 batsman as it got, only got to play in the league in the tail end of his career. In the second season of the IPL, which he played a few months after his retirement from international cricket, Hayden dominated bowling attacks and was instrumental in the Chennai Super Kings' run to the semi-final.
He played another IPL season - the following year - in which he had a middling performance and scored only 346 runs. He did not play another season of the IPL, but he did play in the Big Bash League till 2012, post which he announced he had retired from all forms of cricket. After retirement, he has turned into a commentator and analyst and covers various international series and T20 leagues around the world.Published 15 Feb 2019, 15:20 IST