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David wants to emulate Mike

Calcutta: Having played international cricket mostly under the shadow of his brother Michael, David Hussey has managed to find a niche in T20 cricket. With over 5,500 runs and more than 50 wickets in 230 matches, David is one of the most experienced and successful T20 cricketers in the world.

Being ignored in the IPL VII auction, David, was involved as a commentator. However, he is back in the thick of action being signed by Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo.

Though the tournament is already half over, David is still excited about being able to play for a new IPL team.

He did play for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab earlier. However, CSK are no strangers to the Hussey family, with Michael having played for them.

“It’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to it; a little nervous as well, but can’t wait to join up with my new teammates,” he told the IPL website. “Mike did ever so well for them for six years and hopefully I can continue that trend and help lead the team to success as he did.”

He, however, did not tell his brother that joining CSK was on the anvil. “We do text each other a little bit, but I wasn’t allowed to announce it to anybody. I figured if I tell him, he might tell the world. So, I kept it down a bit,” he said.

CSK approached David after Bravo’s shoulder started playing up. “The talk started a while ago, actually, with Bravo having a sore shoulder. He had to be checked out and there were doubts about him being ruled out of the tournament. So, Stephen Fleming rang me and asked if I would be interested in playing. I am definitely a player and I jumped at the chance. I was lucky enough to be here commentating, and now, I can’t wait to play,” he said.

Though his role in the team has not yet been spelt out, he said: “I have sort of spoken to Fleming and he said that I will be a middle-order player. With Brendon McCullum due to go home for the birth of his baby, I’ll definitely get an opportunity to play.”

Asked what he would like to learn from Dhoni’s captaincy, he said: “Just the fact that he remains so calm all the time.”