Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach believes that travelling from Mumbai to Delhi during the course of the now-suspended IPL 2021 exposed all those involved to greater risk.
Michael Hussey, who had tested positive for COVID-19 in India, reached Australia on Monday by a commercial flight from Doha after testing negative. He is now undergoing 14-day hotel quarantine in Sydney as per protocols.
Michael Hussey Felt Some Of The Covid-19 Symptoms And Admitted Involvement Of Risk Once Leaving The Mumbai Bio Bubble And Going To Delhi
Opening up on the tough times he endured in India, Michael Hussey revealed that once the tournament moved to Delhi from Mumbai, he started feeling unwell. While he initially returned negative tests, the Australian knew something was wrong when CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaj tested positive. Michael Hussey had been sitting next to him on the team bus.
Speaking to foxsports.com.au, Michael Hussey recalled: “My initial test came up as a weak positive, and we were sort of hoping the next would be negative and it’d be alright, but unfortunately I got retested the next day and that came back positive.
“To be honest, I had already started feeling some of the symptoms and so I was thinking, ‘I’m pretty sure I’ve got it. Plus I was sitting next to the bowling coach on the bus a few times, so I thought, ‘If he’s got it then there’s a pretty good chance I’ve got it as well’.”
Michael Hussey admitted that while he felt safe in the Mumbai bio-bubble, shifting to Delhi saw him and others get exposed to the likes of airport security, baggage handlers, and pilots, who were not part of the bubble.
“So there was a risk there. It (also) could have been at the ground; there was ground staff while we were there training and on game day. There was certainly more risk once we left that Mumbai bubble,” Hussey added.
The 14th edition of the IPL was suspended on May 4 after four players tested positive for COVID-19 inside its bio-bubble. Having recovered from COVID-19, Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey left for Australia on Sunday via Doha, a top official of the IPL franchise said. Following an RT-PCR test, the former Australia batsman had returned negative for COVID-19 on Friday, paving the way for his departure in the early hours of Sunday.
Michael Hussey Felt Covid-19 Virus Take Its Toll For A While
Michael Hussey and Laxmipathy Balaji, both of whom were detected with COVID-19, were brought to Chennai from Delhi in an air ambulance. Asked about his initial reaction when he found out that he had tested positive, Michael Hussey replied that he was a bit annoyed.
“I was a bit like, ‘Oh gosh, why me’, but I didn’t really think too much at all. I thought it was a bit of a shame. But I certainly wasn’t worried about my breathing or things like that. It was just a bit annoying, really,” Hussey said.
Mike Hussey went on to add that the virus did take a toll on his health.
“Looking back on it now, it probably did knock me around a bit more than I thought at the time. At the time I thought I didn’t feel great, but not life-threatening or anything like that. But it does take its toll on you after a while I guess,” he added.
Mike Hussey touched down in Australia the same day the contingent stranded in the Maldives reached home safely. After finishing his two-week hotel quarantine, Michael Hussey will take a flight to Perth to join his family.
Michael Hussey aside, the other Australians involved in the 2021 edition of IPL, including Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, and Michael Slater, took a detour to the Maldives and quarantined there before heading back to Australia.