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Mike Hussey praises Baba Aparajith

Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey has heaped lavish praise on Indian youngster Baba Aparajith after the latter smashed the first hundred of the inaugural Tamil Nadu Premier League season on Thursday (August 25).

The Australian legend shared the dressing room with Aparajith during his time with the Chennai Super Kings and played a vital role in helping the youngster develop his batting for the shortest format of the game.

Calling Aparajith his batting partner, Hussey said: “We were basically net batting partners. Every session we would share a net together. My first impression of Aparajith was that he had an excellent technique and the foundations of being a brilliant player in all forms of the game. He was always willing to learn and had a good work ethic,” Hussey told Times of India on Friday (August 26).

Despite being one of the highly-rated youngsters in the domestic circuit, the Tamil Nadu batsman never made his Indian Premier League debut after being part of the now suspended CSK and the Rising Pune Supergiants for four continuous seasons.

“It was difficult for him to get an opportunity for CSK as the team was so strong. But I know he was highly regarded in the team and given a run I know he would not have let anyone down.

“He never complained (sitting on the bench), he was an excellent team man and did all the necessary duties behind the scenes to help the team,” the 41-year-old mentioned about the 22-year old.

Commenting on his contribution in Aparajith’s batting development,Hussey mentioned: “I only spoke to him about his head position going towards the bowler at release rather than going towards point. I also told him to keep his mind as clear as possible when batting.”

Meanwhile, the retired cricketer also said that he is keeping a tab on the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
“I have seen a few of the scores. It was great to see some of my old teammates such as Aparajith and S. Badrinath play the tournament,” he said.

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