David Hussey hopes Gilchrist-Lehmann partnership gives Punjab their maiden IPL title © PTI

By Sabi Hussain

New Delhi: Apr 3, 2013

Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann have done it in the past, albeit for a different team, but their countryman David Hussey says the Australian duo has the ability to recreate the magic with Kings XI Punjab and lead the side to its maiden IPL triumph in the current season.

Gilchrist, as captain and, Lehmann as coach, were the vital cogs in Deccan Chargers’ triumphant campaign in 2009.

“They worked really well together at the Deccan franchise. They had tasted success in 2009 and hope their partnership can repeat the same for Kings XI Punjab this season. The duo of Gilchrist and Lehmann brings a wealth of experience with them. We are looking forward to put up a great show in the tournament,” Hussey told PTI in an interview.

“Gilchrist is a class player. He is a great acquisition.Any team would benefit from his wealth of experience. We are looking up to him to score many runs for us and take catches behind the stumps. Lehmann, as a coach, is great for the franchise. I am hoping that the combination will regenerate the same impact,” he added.

“The team preparation is going on very well. We had a great training session last night. All boys are full of confidence going into round one against Pune Warriors,” Hussey said.

The Australian batsman would also be looking at a few individual milestones.

He has so far played 198 T20 games, including all domestic fixtures, and is two short of his 200th appearance.

Hussey has an aggregate of 4821 runs and requires 179 for completing 5000 in the slam-bang format.

“It’s fantastic. I did not know about it. I am looking to perform for my team and have a successful tournament. The records will take care of themselves.”

Talking about his omission from Cricket Australia‘s 2013-14 central contracts list, Hussey, who has played 69 ODIs and 39 Twenty20s for Australia, said, “I am not disappointed, not really. I am concentrating on the IPL and wants some wins for Kings to reach the knock-outs. I am focused on the IPL.”