Michael Hussey, emerged late as an international cricketer, but went to distance and had a highly successful career. For his in-depth knowledge, contribution to the sport and flawless technique, Hussey was nicknamed ‘Mr. Cricket’. Born on this day, in 1975, at Mt. Lawley in Perth, he celebrates his 45th birthday today.
Michael Hussey: As a player
Michael Hussey made his ODI debut at the age of 28 and maiden Test appearance at 30 besides going on to play all three forms of the game. He was an old-fashioned batsman and preferred working the ball through the covers. Hussey began his career as an opener but batted in the middle-order for the national team for most part of his career.
Hussey made his ODI debut against India in 2004. He went on to score 5442 runs in the format at an average of 48.15. In Tests, he played 79 matches, scoring 6235 runs at a brilliant average of 51.52. He has also achieved the feat of scoring the fastest 1000 runs in the longest format of the game.
When he retired his retirement in 2012 after a short-career span the cricket fraternity was left in shocked. However, he continued to ply his trade in franchise leagues around the world. Hussey featured in the Big Bash League, before playing for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Michael Hussey: What is he up to now
Post retirement Hussey took up coaching roles and also took up commentary. He continues to act as a expert for various broadcasters’ and currently is stranded in a lockdown situation.
Michael Hussey: Lesser known facts
Michael Hussey made his international debut after scoring over 15000 runs in first-class cricket. It did not take much time for Hussey to establish himself as a match-winner in the national team. Hussey had a good record against Pakistan and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on quite a few occasions.
Hussey was a calm and composed batsman unlike his teammates Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds. He idolised Allan Border as a child and often tried to copy his technique. He was loyal servant of the game and not many during his time came close to that reputation.