<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Dhoni's presence in middle-order makes it easier for Hussey to bat freely" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130419141610.jpg" title="Dhoni's presence in middle-order makes it easier for Hussey to bat freely" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Hussey (right) and MS Dhoni put up a partnership of 74 runs for the third wicket in the match against Delhi Daredevils © IANS</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Apr 19, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/MS-Dhoni/post" target="_blank">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a>'s presence in the middle-order makes it easier for him to nudge around singles and play his natural game, feels Aussie veteran <a href="/tags/Michael-Hussey/post" target="_blank">Michael Hussey</a>.<br /> <br /> "Obviously, when you have someone like MS [Dhoni], you tend to bat more freely. You can just take your singles and rotate the strike. It's really an enjoyable experience batting with guys like MS and Suresh [Raina] who are boundary hitters," Hussey, who anchored the innings with an unbeaten 65, told reporters at the post-match press conference.<br /> <br /> "Aafter assessing the pitch, I gave [Stephen] Fleming a feedback during Time-Out that 150 will be a good score. But with hitting power of MS, you can always back yourself for those extra 20 runs," Hussey revealed.<br /> <br /> Hussey said it was a conscious plan not to go after the bowling right at the outset.<br /> <br /> "The pitch was a bit on the slower side and the balls were also keeping low. It was a conscious decision to hold one end up. Well, if you ask me, I definitely fancy trying to get 10 runs per over but against good bowling, I might not be able to do that!" Hussey answered with a smile.<br /> <br /> Admitting that they have been a bit inconsistent till now, Hussey termed this 86-run win over Delhi Daredevils "right up there with their win against Kings XI Punjab" in an earlier match.<br /> <br /> Among the 'Above 35 Club', Hussey has been the star performer as two of his illustrious colleagues <a href="/tags/Ricky-Ponting/post" target="_blank">Ricky Ponting </a>and <a href="/tags/Adam-Gilchrist/post" target="_blank">Adam Gilchrist</a> have flopped with the bat.<br /> <br /> Can he be an inspiration for them, Hussey replied, "They have enough motivation to do well. T20 is also about a bit of luck and I am confident that they would do well in the coming matches."<br /> <br /> Talk about an early retirement, the 37-year-old seems content with his decision.<br /> <br /> "Look, it was never a cricketing decision to quit the international cricket. It was always a family decision. Considering that international cricket needs you to be on road for around 11 months, I found it difficult as I have my wife and really young children back home."