Warner played out of his skin: Hussey

CSK batter rates David Warner’s knock as one of his best this year

Ranchi 23 May 2014
It was David Warner all the way in Ranchi on Thursday. But one look at the Chennai Super Kings batting card and you would see two notable contributions – one from CSK captain MS Dhoni and the other one from middle-order batsman David Hussey, who brought up his first IPL half-century this season in only his second outing in yellow. Hussey laboured his way to a 29-ball 25 in his first game, but looked in good touch in his second.

He stitched an unbeaten 108-run stand with his captain for the fourth wicket to guide the Super Kings to a score of 185 in their 20 overs. He was disappointed that his team did not end up on the winning side, but like everyone else, applauded David Warner for his match-winning contribution for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

Excerpts from his interview:

You got the runs on the board, but it was David Warner’s night, wasn’t it?

David Warner played nicely, didn’t he? He struck the ball beautifully. I thought we had a winnable score on the board and it took a special innings from David to win the game for their team.

As a fielding side, what do you do when David Warner is on song?

That’s a tough one. Just try and get him off strike, maybe? Tonight was a perfect example of how good a player he is. He hit the ball sweetly from ball-one. The plan would be to try and close him up a bit because he is so good at freeing his arms; he picks deliveries at will and you would want to try and get him off strike as much possible. He is a very fine player and it was a very fine knock.

Is this the best you have watched Warner bat so far in the IPL?

I haven’t really watched him play that much, but I guess it is probably one of the better knocks I have seen him play this IPL. He just played out of his skin tonight.

On a personal note, are you happy to get your first half-century this season?

It is a good feeling, but after the loss, it is probably a bittersweet feeling. It is nice to contribute to the team, but it is disappointing that we lost. There are a lot of positives to take from that as well. We have another game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and we have got to focus on that. We need to pull our socks a little bit and hopefully we can finish among the top two.

After your first game, what did you do differently today with regards to your batting?

I worked on rotating the strike early as Dhoni keeps telling me to take it as long and far as you can go and to catch up at the backend of the innings. Probably it was a different mindset tonight during my batting.

You shared an unbeaten century stand with MS Dhoni; how did he plan the innings, especially after he had a rather silent start?

MS Dhoni just came out and played they way he can play and he caught up at the backend of the innings, in the last over by Dale Steyn, which put us in a good position. It is nice to bat with someone who is so cool and calm under all this pressure.

Do you feel MS Dhoni is one of the best finishers of the game?

Yes, he is and I am glad he is in our team. To put us into a decent position like that and to finish off the last over the way he did against one of the better fast bowlers around is commendable. It was brilliant hitting.
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