Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was satisfied with his batsmen, and Mike Hussey in particular after the Super Kings’ 21-run win over Bangalore on Saturday.
The game was Hussey’s first IPL venture of the season having joined up with the defending champions after Australia’s ODI tour of Bangladesh last week. The left-hander opened the batting and scored an unbeaten 83, prospering from two dropped catches as he guided Chennai out of reach of the Royal Challengers.
Skipper Dhoni was pleased by the contribution of his batsmen, with Hussey providing the anchor around which the rest of the order were able to play their strokes.
“Michael Hussey was brilliant and there were efforts to contribute from other batsmen as well,” said Dhoni. “The variation that Hussey, (Suresh) Raina and (Morne) Morkel bring is also good for us even if the opposition has good off-spinners and leg-spinners.”
Hussey himself expressed his happiness at being back in the Super Kings ranks.
“It’s great fun, we have a great franchise,” said the Australian. “They look after the players very well. We have got a very good feeling in the team and we have got some extremely talented players.”
Hussey was also satisfied with no lingering niggles after recently returning from injury: “My hamstring has been fine – Touch wood, hopefully that continues. I had a bit of luck today, but thankfully it was my day.”
Dropped the Chennai mainstay when his score was on eight and 66 , the Royal Challengers also gifted a number of runs through their poor ground fielding. Speaking after the game captain Daniel Vettori was clear as to where the match had been lost for the men from Bangalore.
“Our fielding has probably been the reason for our downfall in the last two games,” said the New Zealander. “It’s a huge component, we dropped Hussey early on, and probably two other catches, I can think of 10 runs in the field that went through,” he concluded.
Chennai will hope to continue their momentum when they take on new franchise Kochi in the only IPL game on Monday. Cricket365