Happy with my form: David Hussey

KXIP skipper wants to keep contributing to his team’s cause in their remaining games

New Delhi 16 May 2012
The Kings XI Punjab fought hard to keep themselves in the hunt till last stages of their match against the Delhi Daredevils. Leading from the front, KXIP skipper David Hussey has helped them seal a few wins. With an unbeaten 40-run knock the Australian all-rounder, helped his team reach 136 in 20 overs, which proved to be too less of a target for DD.

Speaking to the Hussey spoke about his team and reflected on their five-wicket loss against KXIP.

Excerpts from his interview:

On his batting form

I wouldn’t say amazing. It would have nicer to score 60 or 70 and get out off the last ball, but I am happy with my form, and hopefully, it continues and I contribute to winning games for our team.

On whether 137 was good enough target for DD

No not really. We were [about] 20 runs short. Although up to the last couple of overs, we were in the game, but yes, we are about 20 runs short. It was disappointing. But we have got two more games to right the wrongs and we will see what happens.

On Parvinder Awana’s spell that got them breakthroughs and a chance to defend their modest total

Fantastic player! He has been brilliant. He has been a great find for us. Hopefully, he has big future not only with Indian cricket, but with the Kings XI Punjab team. He competes [well] and I enjoy his company.

On KXIP opener Mandeep Singh

He is very talented. He has a big future not only in T20 cricket, but in all forms of the game. He has a massive future and I will like to see him play the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne.

On whether he is enjoying captaincy

Yes I am. It is a fantastic franchise to captain. I really enjoy playing with our bunch of boys. They give everything and they don’t take a backward step and they always fight to the very last over.

On motivating his teammates, who have relatively less international experience

It’s all about pride. All the boys want to play in the finals and that’s our common goal and it is pretty easy to captain a group of guys that want to play all the time.

On Adam Gilchrist’s role

He has been fantastic. He takes care of everything off the field. He makes the team run very smoothly and all the boys idolize him; he is that sort of figure for us.

On IPL 2012

It is the best IPL I have ever been a part of. [...] [Almost] every game comes down to the wire. I have actually watched every IPL game on the television and been amazed [...].

On whether close games are becoming a trend this season

Yes everybody, every team knows how to really execute their skills at the backend of the game and we are no different. We just like to keep winning.[...].

On elder brother Michael Hussey’s knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders

He played really well. The old boy is still playing, still going and still doing it. Hopefully, we knock Chennai Super Kings out [...].
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