Michael Hussey Biography
Michael Hussey is the quintessential ‘Mr Cricket.’ After years of toil at the domestic level, Hussey finally made it to the highest level in 2004 at the age of 28 and then made his Test debut the following year. Hussey instantly became Australia’s most dependable batsman in the middle order and their finisher after Michael Bevan. Solid in his technique and classical in his strokeplay, Hussey became the epitome of the true values of cricket. Additionally, one should not forget his gentlemanly demeanour, which is somewhat in contrast with some of his teammates.
Hussey’s initial years came at a time when Australia were dominating world cricket. He seamlessly fit into the side and added his own colour to it, taking the world by storm despite playing in a squad of champions. He was a champion when it came to batting with the tail, smashing the opposition attack to pulp as well as protecting his partner.
During the second part of Hussey’s career, Australia had a tough time as a slew of retirements saw them lose their strength. In that phase, Hussey became one of their main players. He was a part of the side that won the 2007 World Cup and the 2009 Champions Trophy. To single out one Hussey-performance at the highest level is tough. Such was the player, such was his consistency.
Although stereotyped as someone who played by the copybook, Hussey adapted to Twenty20 cricket with ease. He smashed a century on Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in 2008 and in 2010, he smashed Pakistan to all parts of the ground to fashion a memorable victory in the 2010 World T20.
In early 2013, Hussey announced his retirement from international cricket and exited from the stage at Sydney against Sir Lanka, passing on the Australian team song to Nathan Lyon. But, even after retirement he won the Orange Cap at the IPL 2013. In 2014, he was picked by the Mumbai Indians.
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