Australian veteran Micheal Hussey has been appointed as the batting coach of Chennai Super Kings for the eleventh edition of IPL. The Australian has played 6 seasons for CSK before making a move to Mumbai Indians in 2014 and then again returned to the Men in Yellow.
“I am really excited about returning to the Chennai Super Kings in a coaching capacity and working with the players to help them get the best out of themselves and also help to bring success to this great franchise. I have so many great memories as a player and have made many wonderful friends in Chennai and now I am excited about giving back to the franchise in trying to help the next generation of CSK players,” Mike Hussey was quoted saying to CSK website
CSK return after serving a 2-year ban along with Rajasthan Royals. The Men in Yellow were last seen in 2015 edition of the cash-rich league. “It is exciting to have CSK back in the competition and I am sure the fans are very happy to have their team back on the field,” he added.
Hussey was the Orange Cap winner in 2013 when CSK ended-up as runners-ups. He formed a great partnership with Murali Vijay at the top and the duo was the opening pair in IPL in his heydays. He is third highest run scorer for CSK after Raina and Dhoni.
“It’s really nice to have Hussey back with us in a coaching capacity since he has played for us and possesses a keen cricketing brain. I’m sure he’ll continue to be a huge asset to the franchise,” said K George John, Director, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited.
CSK have retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the much-anticipated auction.
They are likely to use their Right To Match cards on DJ Bravo and Brendon McCullum. Their purse remains 47 crores. The eleventh edition of IPL is likely to start on April 4, 2018.
– by Atharva Apte