Chennai: A game-changer for Australia during his international career, Michael Hussey is fulfilling that role with elan for IPL side Chennai Super Kings now – the only difference being that he feels free to pick and choose his games unlike the hectic pre-retirement days.
     
Hussey struck a 51-ball 88, including 13 fours and a six, to overshadow Shane Watson's blistering hundred and guide Chennai Super Kings to a five-wicket triumph over the Rajasthan Royals last night.
     
The 37-year-old veteran has been in good form in the previous matches as well, a rock-solid presence in the CSK batting line-up.
     
"Well, I am comfortable with my decision to retire from Test cricket...It was more about the schedule of international cricket being extremely tough and having a young family at home. I spend more time with them now. Now I am able to pick and choose games, you will not be able to do that when you play for Australia," the veteran said at the post-match press conference.
     
Reflecting on his performance last night, a humble Hussey credited his teammates such Suresh Raina (51) for taking pressure off him.
     
"It was a tough target to chase. Certainly, early on it was to get us off to a fast start. Thankfully, we got to a good start and Suresh Raina came in and played particularly well. Raina took some pressure of me," he said.
     
Asked to compare his knock in Kolkata in a previous match and the one played last night, Hussey said, "It happened in totally two different games. The pitch in Kolkata was totally different to the pitched we played on here."

(Agencies)

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