Michael Hussey has thrown his hat into the 2016 IPL Player Auction ring, which is set to take place on 6 February in Bengaluru. The Australia left-hander hopes to get picked by an IPL franchise during the auction.
Hussey, who played his last international match for Australia in January 2013, has represented the Chennai Super Kings for the most part, with the left-hander also playing for the Mumbai Indians in 2014. The Australia great has a decent record in the competition, scoring 1977 runs at a strike rate of 122.64 in 59 matches.
With such records against his name, IPL teams will benefit from his presence on and off the field as he is one of the most experienced cricketers. Mr.Cricket, despite his age of 40, is also one of the fittest cricketers in world cricket.
Hussey's current form in the Big Bash League in Australia shows that he is still a top class batsman. Hussey, who is the skipper of the BBL side Sydney Thunder, has scores of 41, 56 and 71 in three of his last four innings, which also increases his chance of being picked up by an IPL franchise, as the teams will be keen to buy an in-form player.
The IPL 2016 Player Auction will include an incredible pool of top players, including Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Yuvraj Singh, Jos Buttler and Travis Head, and Hussey, who is keen to play in the ninth edition of the IPL, wants teams to bid for him.
"Well, I'm in the auction at this stage. I hope to get picked up. If not, I'll be at home I guess, watching. I don't know what the future holds," Hussey told Wisden India in an interview.
Hussey was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the last IPL 2015 auction, but the 2010 and 2011 champs have been suspended for the next two years, which has given other franchises a chance to bid for the player.
Mumbai Indians could be one of those teams, with the Australian admitting his love for the franchise.
"I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed my time at Mumbai Indians as well. It was a different experience but it was fantastic as well. The ground there is one of my favourite grounds in the world. The atmosphere at Wankhede Stadium is phenomenal," said Hussey.