42-year-old Australian cricketer Michael Hussey was appointed as the batting coach for the Chennai Super Kings team for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. He was associated with the franchise from 2008 to 2013 and his return in 2015 before he played for Mumbai Indians in the following season.
He stands as the third highest scorer with an aggregate of 2213 runs of 64 matches at an average strike rate of 40.98 when Suresh Raina tops the list with 4541 runs and MS Dhoni with 3436 stood at the second place. He won the Orange Cap for being the top scorer for the season IPL 2013.
Expressing his pleasure Hussey said to CSK website that,“ 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 eat to this great franchise.”
He added, “ 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. It is exciting to have CSK back in the competition and I am sure the fans are happy to have their team back on the field.”
CSK director George John said Hussey is a good choice for the post because not only he was a good performer in the team but also he can go well with the youngsters. He confirmed that the franchise was not looking forward to replacing the head coach Stephen Fleming who coached the team for championships 2010 and 2011 and for Champions League Title in 2010. He didn’t give any signs of naming other coaching staff for the team.
John said to ESPNcricinfo that “We are in talks with him.” He added, “He is busy with the Big Bash, so nothing has been signed yet. Most likely it will be him, but we haven’t finished the deal yet. We are not in talks with anybody else. We are looking at the same coaching staff- Gregory(King) and Tommy (Simsek) as trainer and physio. We are also seriously looking at a bowling coach.”