Had it not been for the novel COVID-19 pandemic, former Australia batsman Michael Hussey would have been performing his duty of a batting coach of Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
With the 13th season of the IPL getting postponed until further notice, Hussey remains in Australia with no certainty of returning back to India for the cash-rich league.
Speaking during a live session on social media platform Instagram alongside Super Kings, Hussey opined that the sport will undergo several changes due to global crisis.
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“I believe it won’t be the same. The amount of money spent on programmes and people will reduce. It all depends on how much cricket is lost around the world,” Hussey was quoted as saying on Instagram.
Michael Hussey endorses MS Dhoni fit to play for India
Hussey, who made his IPL debut for Super Kings in 2008, went on to play for them till 2015 except for 2014 where he played for Mumbai Indians. In 50 IPL matches for CSK, the southpaw had scored 1,768 runs at an average of 42.10 and a strike rate of 123.64 including one century and 13 half-centuries.
Talking about Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s international career, Hussey expressed no doubt whatsoever regarding the fitness of the 38-year old player. Furthermore, Hussey also eulogized Dhoni’s “calculative brain” while batting.
“Of course he [MS Dhoni] is still fit to play international cricket. But Dhoni is the best person to answer what is in his mind. MS is always very calculative. I would want to finish the match as early as possible but MS would say no because there is this bowler who is coming up to bowl or someone else that we need to see out.
“Don’t think I’ve met anyone like MS in that respect. Yes he has got a calculating brain but he has also got that unbelievable power. He knows when he wants to hit a six he can, which is something I didn’t have,” Hussey said.