Hope I can emulate Mike's success at CSK, says David Hussey
It looks like there is a rule to include a Hussey in the Chennai Super Kings squad. After Michael Hussey was bought by Mumbai Indians in IPL auctions, younger brother David has been signed by CSK as replacement for the Dwayne Bravo, who injured his shoulder while fielding in CSK’s first match.
Incidentally, David Hussey was part of the commentators team for this IPL before he got the call from CSK.
“The talk started a while ago, actually, with Dwayne Bravo having a sore shoulder. He had to be checked out and there were doubts about him being ruled out of the tournament,” he told IPLT20.com about the talks with the franchise.
“So, Stephen Fleming rang me and asked if I would be interested in playing. I am definitely a player and I jumped at the chance. I was lucky enough to be here commentating, and now, I can’t wait to play.”
When asked about playing for the side his brother represented for many years, and if the Chennai side definitely needs a Hussey in their team: “Yes, seems like it (laughs). Mike did ever so well for them for six years and hopefully I can continue that trend and help lead the team to success as he did.”
Chennai Super Kings are not known to be a side which experiments things and mostly stick to the same winning combination. But Hussey was sure that he will get a place in the side when asked about the whether he was specified a role in the team.
“Not as yet. (But) I have sort of spoken to Fleming and he said that I will be a middle-order player, and with Brendon McCullum due to go home for the birth of his baby, I’ll definitely get an opportunity to play.”
When asked about what would be the quality he would like to possess from the Super Kings skipper: “Just the fact that he remains so calm all the time. No situation seems to faze him. He’s batting at the end of the innings, the run-rate gets to 14 and he goes about his business so cool and collected, and wins most of the games with little fuss. It will be good to have that kind of attitude and ability,” he said in admiration of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
With Michael Hussey having played for the CSK for many seasons he should be knowing the a thing or two about them,
“Absolutely, yes. I have spoke to Michael a lot about how CSK run their organization. They are very well led by MS Dhoni and they have got a great coach in Stephen Fleming. Also, I have played a lot against some of the players who will now be my teammates, and that helps me understand their game.” But still he expressed that he is slightly on his nerves to join a new side,
“Still a bit nervous to find out how they all get along and function together as a team. That makes me further more excited to be joining them.”
On whether commentating was a good thing to happen to help him analyse the match situations better when getting back on the field again,
“It does help. I have been watching the IPL from the com-box and I know what trends are on with teams when it comes to planning, which bowler bowls at which batsman and what their strategies are. Hopefully, I can make use of that knowledge when I go out there on the field,” he mentioned about the advantages of being a commentator.