Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opening batsman Michael Hussey led his side to victory and the team will clash with Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015.
Hussey's sensible knock of 56 runs from just 46 balls powered CSK to a three-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2015. CSK was struggling at 61 for three after 10 overs. It was Hussey and skipper MS Dhoni who built a partnership to get CSK closer to the target.
There were questions in people's mind whether Hussey would replicate the same what Brendon McCullum did for CSK throughout the tournament till he left for England to join his national side. But Mr Cricket, as Hussey is popularly known as, proved yet again that there's still a lot of substance left in him that he can offer to the men in yellow.
"It is very satisfying to contribute in such an important game. And it is even more amazing to get to yet another final. The history of this team has been really phenomenal but it will be really nice to finish it off on Sunday," said Michael Hussey in an interview to the official website of the IPL.
"I didn't finish it. I wanted to be there till the end but we still needed about 30-odd runs when I got out.
"As for me being more aggressive than MS (Dhoni), as I said, it was difficult for a new batsman to come in and start hitting. After he had invested 20-odd balls in the middle he knew what was going on," said Hussey.
Hussey was disappointed not to finish the game for his side as he got out after scoring that brilliant half-century.
"I didn't finish it. I wanted to be there till the end but we still needed about 30-odd runs when I got out. As for me being more aggressive than MS, as I said, it was difficult for a new batsman to come in and start hitting. After he had invested 20-odd balls in the middle he knew what was going on," Hussey added.
Dhoni and Hussey's crucial partnership helped CSK register this three-wicket victory. Hussey reflected on this all-important partnership as well.
"It was difficult out there, no question about it. We needed someone to bat through the overs and take the team as close as possible. MS (Dhoni) and I were telling each other, 'We are finding it difficult and it is going to be twice as difficult for the new batsman coming in. So we should just try to stay in and take it as deep as we can'. Unfortunately we both didn't make it till the end but we took it pretty close," concluded Hussey.