IPL 2012: Exhausted Michael Hussey promises better show in upcoming games

Michael Hussey hopes to get accustomed to the conditions soon after arriving from the just concluded Test series against West Indies AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: May 1, 2012

Australian batsman Michael Hussey, who arrived in India on Monday to play an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) said it was disappointing to return back and not win.

“I was just excited to get here and see the team again. I had not seen the boys for a long time, so it was good to see them and say hello. I am little disappointed as we couldn t win, but we will keep working hard, and hopefully, win the coming matches.”

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders said, “Hussey’s presence improves the attitude (within the team)”.

“I am not sure. I just want to try and keep it relaxed in the dressing room. I try to have a lot of fun and try to bring the personalities of the players out there. I just want to try and impress on the young players to work hard and play for the team,” Hussey s reaction to Dhoni s comment.

Hussey said it was quite tiresome to return from a Test series and feel jet lagged. However, he hopes to get accustomed to the conditions quickly.

“It was very tough. I probably was not at my best. I was quite tired and a bit jet lagged. It was great to be back out there with the boys. For the next few days, I will practice hard and get accustomed to the conditions quickly, and hopefully, play a bit more consistently in the next few games.”

“I ran myself out. It was a silly call and it was a crucial time in the game. We had built a crucial partnership and it was important for a couple of top-order guys to bat through the majority of the overs. It was a disappointing time to get out for the team,” Hussey was quoted as saying in the Indian Premier League official site.

Hussey has been following Chennai s matches closely and had kept in touch with the boys.

“I have been following CSK closely from there. They are showing all the games on the TV and I have been keeping in touch with the boys through text messages. I have been keeping a close eye. Now since I am here, hopefully I can make some difference on the field.”

Hussey said it is hard to assume what is going wrong in the team, which has a star studded batting line-up.

“It s a bit hard to make a judgment when you have just arrived. It s very difficult to make an accurate assumption or assessment of what s going on. I haven t been here, so I haven t seen the conditions and (heard) the talks in the dressing room. I will get a better idea in the next few days when we start practicing together and get a feel of the conditions.

It s a T20 game, so you need a little bit of luck. And if you look at (Gautam) Gambhir, he has been playing well, but he was lucky to escape a couple of run-outs and a couple of shots, which just escaped the fielders. You need that luck to get your confidence back.”

“All the players in our team want to take the responsibilities and take the team into a good position. This is one thing we have talked about in the past in the dressing room. I don t think that s been happening,” Hussey concluded.