Melbourne: Not known as a big hitter in the league of his IPL teammates Matthew Hayden and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Michael Hussey said he was surprised by his hundred for Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match which, he claimed, earned him more adulation than the Australian opener or the India ODI captain.
"I was a little surprised to hit a hundred. I didn't think I could ever score a hundred in Twenty20 cricket. I thought that was out of my capabilities, so it was really enjoyable to do that. It was quite a good bowling attack, too," Hussey was quoted as saying by The Sun-Herald.
"After that I became a lot more of a focus. We had Hayden and MS Dhoni, who were attracting a lot of attention. After that innings, though, there were hundreds of people in the hotel lobby, journalists ringing my room every 10 minutes, things like that. It was certainly a different experience to what I was used to," added Hussey who made 116 not out off just 54 balls against Kings XI Punjab.
Hussey, whose natural style of technical perfection and deep concentration is probably best suited to Test cricket, was bought for a relatively small bargain of $381,000 but proved his adaptability in India scoring 168 runs from four matches at an average of 84 and a strike rate of 168.
"I went to India to really enjoy the whole experience. It was something new and also I'd had nearly five weeks off so I thought of it as a good chance to get some practice in and have a good hit with some competition before going to the Windies," he said.
Hussey also believes most players will want to stay involved in Twenty20 but only the cream of the crop will be able to maintain an elite standard at Twenty20, One-day and Test level.
"I think only the best players around the world will be able to adapt to every format of the game. I've found that the best players in Test cricket are the ones that can adapt very well to One-day and Twenty20 cricket.’’
"It (Twenty20) definitely adds to a player's workload (moving between the forms) but I think most players will want to stay mixed up in the different formats of the game. Twenty20's so much fun and I think most players want to have fun playing cricket," said Hussey, who heads for West Indies for Australia's Test series there starting May 22.