IPL 2014 news April 12, 2014

Rohit looks forward to Hussey masterclass

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rohit Sharma has said he hopes to pick up the skills of consistent cricket from Michael Hussey, who will be joining Mumbai Indians for IPL 2014. Hussey was not retained by his previous franchise, Chennai Super Kings, and was bought by the defending IPL champions for Rs 5 crores ($833,000 approx) in the auction in February.

Hussey's inclusion is expected to strengthen Mumbai's top order that is missing Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith from last season. The bowling is also missing Mitchell Johnson, who was one of the leading wicket-takers in their title win, but Rohit said that the presence of Zaheer Khan was a boost.

"Except Mitchell Johnson and Dwayne Smith, we have pretty much the same side," he told the Indian Express. "We wanted to buy Johnson and used the joker card too but sadly it couldn't happen. However, the core players still remain the same; plus, we have Michael Hussey and Zaheer Khan, who bring a lot of experience. So picking the right combination will be important for us. On a personal note, I'm looking forward to learn from Hussey how he manages to be so consistent."

Rohit, who took over as captain from Ricky Ponting midway last season, said the leadership role had given him confidence that he carried forward into international cricket. He also stressed that the biggest test for most teams this season would not be the new conditions in UAE, but finding a team spirit right away due to the formation of new squads.

"More than the playing conditions, what will be the key for most of the teams is how quickly every player gels with the other," he said. "After the auction, the teams have many new members and it will be a challenge for them to perform as a group. If the atmosphere in the dressing room is friendly and positive, then it is reflected on the field. Right combinations will be the key to success. These will be challenging two months ahead."

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  • TRAM on April 16, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Apart from batting, Hussey is so good at running between wickets which RS needs to start from ABC. Of course Hussey is a brilliant fielder either at close or deep. He can also teach so many things in leadership & match situation analysis. I marveled at his superb match analysis and directions when he was wired during his fielding last year. Professional to the root. CSK miss him badly.

  • farzan11 on April 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Glad to see Sachin back on the cricketing filed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on April 16, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    i think rohit should watch his technoque not approach or consistancy , he is natural puller of bowl , target mid on if bowl hurry he pulls it to square with just little with back leg goes across but he never blindly strock it like rohit with closed body posture & if click then go for six otherwise in the air & main difference in the stance & reading the bounce & swing , rohit was horrific vs styne in southafrica , but at time virat look consistance because he also plays game like hussy does with batting technique combine with commen sence otherwise there is not a such thing learn to be consistant unless you have proper technique ....

  • madras_boy on April 15, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Probably Nohit Sharma can become Rohit Sharma with the much needed help from Mr.Consistent Hussey !!!

  • DauD_ on April 15, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    @Nampally, 'Hussey will also learn from Kohli'? No offence... but what on earth are you talking about? Michael Hussey is a super data base of cricket knowledge. He is a master of batting in any format, any position, any situation and against any type of attack. I agree that Kohli has been playing great lately, but he is still raw and young, whereas Hussey is a true seasoned Master of the game.

    Even after retiring, Hussey was able to win the orange cap in the IPL last year, beating all the young guns and explosive batsmen, including Gayle.

  • kurups on April 15, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Sure, a lot can be learnt from Hussey..very consistent and intense (like my other favorite- Ponting) at the same time. what a player!..Though MI is not my fav team in this IPL hope Hus and Rohit clicks...will be fun to watch. If you are looking elsewhere for the same traits - look no farther than Virat Kohli!

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    Oh, Come on Rohit Sharma! Zak is no match to Mitch Johnson. You know that. And all of us know that. Yes, Mike Hussey is quite a refill for the leak of Dwayne Smith.

    MI could have sacked many, who are over the hill. Some of their recruitments, (among both the players and support staff) seem to be guided by the heart and not by the head. Of course people with more than enough funds can let emotions rule over rationality.

    And, too many cooks to spoil the broth!

  • Prats6 on April 14, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Huss is the absolute epitome of a team man and a complete modern player. It's sad to see him not in CSK, I have always been a huge fan, even when he plays against India and this will be no less. Would back him come good. Hope Rohit learns a bit of attitude from him.

  • Nampally on April 13, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Rohit does not have to look any further than Kohli for consistency. Kohli presently is the most consistent batsman in the World. Watch him how he builds the innings in T20, ODI's or in Tests. He does it by defending & judging the pace of the wkt. initially & focuses mainly on avoiding risky strokes. At the same time in T20 he maintains a S/R around 100 while he is getting his "Eye-in"! He does it by rotating the strike & not be lulle3d into sleep Mode. That is the Genius of Kohli which even Hussey cannot match! So, trust your own colleague, watch him closely & follow his footsteps. Hussey will also learn by watching Kohli!

  • android_user on April 13, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    It will be a treat to watch Ashwin vs Hussey

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