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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY farzan11 on | April 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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 ....

  • POSTED BY 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 !!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 13, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    It will be a treat to watch Ashwin vs Hussey

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    why r people saying that mumbai indians retained Bhajji instead of Mitchell Johnson. They could have only retained a maximum of 2 foreigners and they did so. they had already retained pollard and malinga

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | April 13, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    T20s have changed a lot. Bhajji and Ojha have hardly changed- they will find it tough. Letting go DK for Rayudu and MJ for Bhajji, MI will find it very difficult to get to semis.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Whats abt kkr who will play tomorow

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | April 13, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    @ YogifromNY Well said mate. MI might be the bottom dwellers this year. Dropping in form MJ for Baji is a joke. Does baji bowl now or has he become a specialist batsman recently?? DD is definitely the dark horse this year with a point to prove KP. RCB looks really good on paper.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 13, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Rohit hoping to learn consistency from Hussey?? I guess if he had the appetite to learn consistent cricket, he need not go farther than his own India team mate Virat Kohli. The guy is a manual in consistent cricket and is a great contemporary role model for all cricketers alike.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 13, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    MI does not have much going for it this year. Retaining Harbhajan Singh iso Johnson was a joke that will cost them. Harbhajan was good, oh, till about ten years ago.

  • POSTED BY Click_Click_Cricket on | April 13, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    Mumbai has a very balanced team. Hope they win again!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @JRP100: Spot on bro. Exactly the XI I had in mind for the first game. The major concern for MI this year is their batting which can be really inconsistent. Pollard needs to bat higher up the order if MI are to post competitive totals. I think Rayudu is useless. I can't believe Mumbai retained him instead of Dinesh Karthik. Their bowling is all right mainly due to Malinga and Zaheer.

  • POSTED BY JRP100 on | April 12, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    11 for MI will look something like this hussey, tare, rohit, rayudu, pollard, anderson, saxena, harbajhan, ojha, malinga, zaheer/bumrah batting is their main worry as all are pretty inconsistent but they have a lot of bowling options.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Do not include Malinga who said that he learned all weaknesses of Indian Batsmen playing in IPL.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 12, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit get orange cap I hope you will shine like star in this ipl if not open come at number 3 you are best batsman and please don't play ambitious false shot and get but play to your strength and score many 100 this ipl like you score 200 in odi

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | April 12, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Rohit sharma has proved again and again that he does not have the temperament to play in international competition He may have loads of talent which i doubt ,but its the grit that counts in crunch matches. He is a 'has been' and should be dropped from ODI and T 20 's. ..

  • POSTED BY Nagendren on | April 12, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    MI now have been relieved from the problem of having plenty. SRH & KINGS XI now have that problem. CSK & RCB are the strongest while MI,KKR,DD,RR have competing playing XI

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 12, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @ pankaj

    Dd could b the dark horses of this ipl. No big name Indian player...vijay dk r not regular players. Shami has just started his career. Rahul sharma nadeem manoj saurabh tiwary unadkat shukla are decent domestic players bt not popular choices.

    With likes of kp duminy ross coulter nile neesham dd covers all the basics.

    Im glad that dd r underdogs this time. This might help them.

  • POSTED BY pankaj246 on | April 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Guys, just wait and watch DD this time. No one is counting them right now but this IPL winner will be DD.

  • POSTED BY THEBEAST7 on | April 12, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Sorry Mumbai indians... it's RCB all the way in 2014. Hussy can do so much to save you this year. We all know rohit is not the best when it comes to this format and Malinga will not play all the games for MI. they lost Mitchell J and they are left with a poor unit. Mi cant play Pollard, Anderson, Hussy, Malinga at once...

    RCB on the other hand has the best batsman the world ever saw in kholi.. Gayle storm, AB and Mr. Reliable Muralitharan. All who will play till the end. So yeah... Let the gangnam style begin!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    best wishes to Rohit,i hope that he gets the orange cap this year.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma should not open the innings. Actually, I am sure he won't. Hussey and Tare will open the innings with Rohit coming at no.3 or 4. This is what MSD should have done during the World T20 too. He should have put Rohit at no.4 and made Dhawan and Rahane to open the innings. Anyway, I think Mumbai's middle order will be severely tested this season. They lack a quality player in that no.7 position. There will be days when their top order will fail and if that happens, they have nobody to come and play like a Jadeja or Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Mumbai Indian lacks a good indian player at no. 7 position. I was upset when MI did not retains Dwayne smith but now we have got M hussey who is far better performer than smith. Luking forward to Anderson and how MI uses santokie. Malinga will leave MI in early may. My final eleven would be.. Openers: 1- Mike Hussey, 2: Aditya Tare Middle Order: 3- A Rayudu, 4: R Sharma, 5: C Anderson, Lower Oder: 6: K Pollard, 7: CM Gautam/J Saxena Bowlers: 8: H Singh,9:Z Khan/ J Bumrah, 10: L Malinga, 11: P Ojha. Best of luck MUMbai indians.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Hussey, Tare, Rohith, Rayudu, CM goutham/Jalaj Saxena, Anderson, Pollard, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Malinga, Ojha..Go MI.. :)

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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY farzan11 on | April 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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 ....

  • POSTED BY 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 !!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 13, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    It will be a treat to watch Ashwin vs Hussey

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    Hussey, Tare, Rohith, Rayudu, CM goutham/Jalaj Saxena, Anderson, Pollard, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Malinga, Ojha..Go MI.. :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Mumbai Indian lacks a good indian player at no. 7 position. I was upset when MI did not retains Dwayne smith but now we have got M hussey who is far better performer than smith. Luking forward to Anderson and how MI uses santokie. Malinga will leave MI in early may. My final eleven would be.. Openers: 1- Mike Hussey, 2: Aditya Tare Middle Order: 3- A Rayudu, 4: R Sharma, 5: C Anderson, Lower Oder: 6: K Pollard, 7: CM Gautam/J Saxena Bowlers: 8: H Singh,9:Z Khan/ J Bumrah, 10: L Malinga, 11: P Ojha. Best of luck MUMbai indians.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma should not open the innings. Actually, I am sure he won't. Hussey and Tare will open the innings with Rohit coming at no.3 or 4. This is what MSD should have done during the World T20 too. He should have put Rohit at no.4 and made Dhawan and Rahane to open the innings. Anyway, I think Mumbai's middle order will be severely tested this season. They lack a quality player in that no.7 position. There will be days when their top order will fail and if that happens, they have nobody to come and play like a Jadeja or Sammy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    best wishes to Rohit,i hope that he gets the orange cap this year.

  • POSTED BY THEBEAST7 on | April 12, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Sorry Mumbai indians... it's RCB all the way in 2014. Hussy can do so much to save you this year. We all know rohit is not the best when it comes to this format and Malinga will not play all the games for MI. they lost Mitchell J and they are left with a poor unit. Mi cant play Pollard, Anderson, Hussy, Malinga at once...

    RCB on the other hand has the best batsman the world ever saw in kholi.. Gayle storm, AB and Mr. Reliable Muralitharan. All who will play till the end. So yeah... Let the gangnam style begin!!!

  • POSTED BY pankaj246 on | April 12, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Guys, just wait and watch DD this time. No one is counting them right now but this IPL winner will be DD.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 12, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @ pankaj

    Dd could b the dark horses of this ipl. No big name Indian player...vijay dk r not regular players. Shami has just started his career. Rahul sharma nadeem manoj saurabh tiwary unadkat shukla are decent domestic players bt not popular choices.

    With likes of kp duminy ross coulter nile neesham dd covers all the basics.

    Im glad that dd r underdogs this time. This might help them.

  • POSTED BY Nagendren on | April 12, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    MI now have been relieved from the problem of having plenty. SRH & KINGS XI now have that problem. CSK & RCB are the strongest while MI,KKR,DD,RR have competing playing XI

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | April 12, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Rohit sharma has proved again and again that he does not have the temperament to play in international competition He may have loads of talent which i doubt ,but its the grit that counts in crunch matches. He is a 'has been' and should be dropped from ODI and T 20 's. ..

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 12, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit get orange cap I hope you will shine like star in this ipl if not open come at number 3 you are best batsman and please don't play ambitious false shot and get but play to your strength and score many 100 this ipl like you score 200 in odi

IPL 2014 news April 12, 2014

Rohit looks forward to Hussey masterclass

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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."