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Anand Subramaniam in Mumbai 23 May 2014 - 09:45pm IST

Happy to make a meaningful contribution: Hussey

Mumbai Indians opening batsman glad to play a match-winning knock

When Michael Hussey gets runs, you applaud his fitness and his finesse while playing certain shots. That was exactly the case at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, as Hussey gave a lot of reasons to cheer to the Mumbai Indians fans. He creamed the bowlers with ease and paved his way to a 33-ball 56 to put Mumbai Indians in a commanding position at the end of 20 overs.

Hussey was a happy man after his match-winning knock and spared a few minutes for a chat with IPLT20.com. The opener spoke about his love for the crowd at Wankhede Stadium and also applauded the team for putting up a good show at the backend of the tournament.

Excerpts from his interview: 

How satisfying is it to get a match-winning knock in your first game at home?

It is a great feeling and I have to say this is one of my favorite stadiums in the whole world. The atmosphere in the ground is absolutely incredible. I was desperate to get an opportunity to play here and I am very thankful to have got a chance.

What is the most pleasing thing about this knock?

We needed a win and needed to play good cricket. It was a good batting pitch and it was important to get some runs once you got your eye in. To get a half-century is very rewarding, but most importantly, we got another win and now we have given ourselves another chance if the permutations and combinations go our way.

Is it safe to say that you have got into your groove after getting two half-centuries under your belt?

I have felt like I have had it in most of the tournament. But in cricket, sometimes it doesn’t go your way. I have been working hard in the nets and have been feeling good. But unfortunately, I couldn’t bat well until the last two matches. It is just nice to have a positive influence on the team.

Personally, how do you aim to prepare yourself for the next year?

I am not thinking too far ahead as yet. I am just thinking to perform as well as I can when I get an opportunity. As a team, we have shown a lot of character to still stand a chance of making it to the Playoffs after going down in the first five matches. I just want to get a win. I don’t care who gets the runs. Even if I get a duck and we win, I will be happy. 

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