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Michael Hussey spent six seasons with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL © Getty Images

 

As Michael Hussey got picked up by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League 2014 auction, it ticked off an end to the six seasons which the former Australian batsman had spent at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and wished that he was ‘half as good’ as Sachin Tendulkar.

 

“If I could be half as good as Tendulkar, I would think I have done a great job. He was a player of different class and calibre. But of course, I understand my responsibilities in the team and I would like to perform that to the best of my abilities,” Hussey was quoted as saying by Times of India.

 

When asked about Chennai’s lack of interest in retaining him for the current IPL season, Hussey replied, “It’s part of the game. Yes, I was attached with CSK for six years but there is a retention policy in place and you can’t have everyone. Moreover, Mumbai Indians is an exciting option and I would like to do what I had been doing for CSK.”

 

On questions of what will he miss the most about CSK, Hussey said, “I will miss the fans, the atmosphere, the friends, and the support staff. We had such great success as a team. As for CSK missing me, I don’t know. They have a very good team in place yet again, it’s extremely well balanced.”

 

Mumbai Indians are thought to hold a weak middle-order, but Hussey doesn’t think so.

 

He said, ” I don’t think so…Rayudu is a good player, [Aditya] Tare is decent. And then of course, you have Kieron Pollard. The management must have thought hard before putting a team into place.”

 

Mitchell Johnson, who has been on superb form, was not retained by Mumbai Indians.

 

“Retention in the IPL is a lot about how much money you want to spend on a player. Every franchise in IPL would have liked to pick Johnson given the form that he is in. The Mumbai owners know the value of Johnson, but they have to put a team in place in a given budget. “

 

On questions of Johnson’s purple patch, Hussey said, “. The pace, the aggression… he seems to have given a different dimension to the Australian team. Much of their success in recent times is a result of what Johnson has done as a bowler. On current form, I would think he is right up there as the best pace bowler in the world.”

 

Hussey has guided a lot of young players during his time at CSK and expressed his interest in continuing the same at Mumbai camp.

 

“I have always enjoyed working with younger players and have loved guiding them. It was great doing it for CSK for six years. It will be the same for Mumbai as well.”

 

IPL  2014 is likely to shift to South Africa and the 38-year-old said, “It will be an interesting challenge. As it is, all the teams are well balanced and playing in alien conditions means that the difference between the teams will come down even more. It will boil down to how well the teams adapt to the surfaces in South Africa. Experience is bound to play an important role.”

 

“ I have worked hard on my fitness and have played the Big Bash. Of course, it gets difficult with age, but I understand my responsibility as a professional.”

 

Speaking about India’s recent performances and MS Dhoni’s poor overseas record, Hussey concluded, “I haven’t seen much to make a comment. Struggles are part of international cricket, but I still think India have the batsmen who are really top class. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t do well in the future.”