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Mike hopes to talk ‘life & cricket’ with Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Hussey

Calcutta: Getting ready for his first season with defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL VII, Michael Hussey looks forward to spending a good amount of time talking about life and cricket with the franchise’s icon Sachin Tendulkar.

In an interview to iplt20.com, the former Australian middle-order batsman said: “I am really looking forward to spending time with Sachin and talking about life and cricket. He will probably be sick of me by the end of the IPL!”

Having been a vital component for the Chennai Super Kings till the previous edition, Hussey said he is prepared for intense battles against his former team. “It will be a different experience altogether wearing the Mumbai Indians jersey. But I am excited by the challenge of joining a team that I have admired and respected over the six years.

“I’m pretty excited about joining the champion side and the chance to play home matches at the Wankhede, which probably has the best atmosphere I have ever experienced.

“I have had some great battles with Mumbai Indians in the past and look forward to many more with the Super Kings over the next few years,” he elaborated.

On this occasion, it will be more than a year since his last first-class appearance that Hussey will be playing in the IPL. The 38-year-old, however, is confident that fitness won’t be able to deter him from giving his best for his team.

“I have been able to work hard on my fitness and strength and I am still playing in the Big Bash (in Australia). I may be a little rusty early in the tournament, but I think I won’t take long to get up to the required level,” he made it clear.

Hussey agreed finding it easier to concentrate all his energies towards working on one particular format, saying his skill training is totally focused around T20 cricket at present.

“I always found it tough switching to and from the different formats of the game and I am fit and fresh and excited about getting into the action again. I guess my skill training has changed a little and is totally focused around T20 cricket and not on the longer formats of the game.”

According to Hussey, the key to success in T20 is working on the basics, which matter more than trying for outrageous hits. “I still think your basic game needs to be in good working order and then you try and adapt according to the situation of the game,” he opined.