Sharing MSD’s trade secrets with Oz? Naah, says CSK batting coach Husseyhttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket-world-cup/mike-hussey-ms-dhoni-world-cup-indvaus-5769688/

Sharing MSD’s trade secrets with Oz? Naah, says CSK batting coach Hussey

Having crushed Afghanistan and put up an inspirational performance against a rampaging West Indies, Australia are expected to be more than a handful for India when the two teams square off at the Oval. Hussey has played alongside Dhoni at CSK and as coach, watched him from close quarters in the franchise.

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Michael Hussey feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not have “too many weaknesses” but even if he has, the Chennai Super Kings batting coach wouldn’t share them with in-form Australia ahead of their World Cup clash on Sunday.

Having crushed Afghanistan and put up an inspirational performance against a rampaging West Indies, Australia are expected to be more than a handful for India when the two teams square off at the Oval. Hussey has played alongside Dhoni at CSK and as coach, watched him from close quarters in the franchise.
So, will Hussey share his insights on Dhoni with the Australian coaching team?

“No chance. There aren’t too many weaknesses there anyway,” the former Australia batsman let out a chuckle as he spoke to news agency PTI. However, Hussey is confident that Australia will have their plans in place for the former India captain. “All the teams do very thorough analysis on all the players so I am sure that they will have their plans for MSD and all the Indian players.”

Asked what makes Dhoni tick when he is just a month short of 38, Hussey said it’s the legend’s awareness of his strengths. “He is a great competitor and keeps his composure better than anyone especially under pressure. He is a very smart player, who is calculating. He knows his strengths and always sticks to them,” said the member of the 2007 World Cup-winning Australian team.

Dhoni’s strike-rate has been an issue for some time but Hussey doesn’t find anything wrong with his strategy of taking some time before hitting the finisher mode.
“Not only does he (Dhoni) play according to the situation of the game but also likes to give himself some time at the start of his innings to get settled. Dhoni likes to take the responsibility of being there at the end to finish off the innings or the game.”

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He feels that Dhoni’s mere presence and ability to take the game deep will keep the opposition on its edge. Of late, Dhoni has had difficulty in hitting out against quality fast bowlers like Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada and Jofra Archer (in the IPL) but Hussey reckoned that it won’t be a big deal. “He will know which bowlers are threats and which ones are targets in every team. The bowlers you mentioned can only bowl from one end.”

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On to things other than Dhoni, Hussey named Jasprit Bumrah, who started the World Cup with a terrific opening spell against South Africa, and Hardik Pandya as the two game-changers for India. “Bumrah will bowl all those difficult overs. We would see him bowl whenever India are desperate for a wicket, so there will be pressure on him but I think he handles the pressure as well as anyone in world cricket.

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“Hardik could be used as a floater in the batting order …or be used as that power hitter at the back end of an innings. I would not like to be bowling if Hardik and MSD are batting at the end of an innings,” he said. Australia have made a great start to their campaign and Hussey is happy to see the seamless integration of David Warner and Steve Smith – both making a successful return after serving ball-tampering bans – in the set-up.

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