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Michael Hussey has now been cleared to return to Australia on a commercial flight via Doha BCCI/IPL
Michael Hussey has now been cleared to return to Australia on a commercial flight via Doha BCCI/IPL
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Michael Hussey Opens Up On Battling With Covid-19 During IPL 2021 India Leg

Michael Hussey recounted his horrific battle with COVID-19 during the 2021 Indian Premier League. Michael Hussey had tested positive for the virus during the India leg of IPL 2021. The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season was a unique edition as it was played in two halves in two different countries.

While the first leg took place in India during the summer, the second half took place in September-October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Unfortunately, it was a COVID-19 outbreak across the league in May, which forced the tournament to be suspended and completed in the UAE later in the year. Out of the people to test positive, one was Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey.

Michael Hussey opened up on his CoVId-19 experience during IPL 2021
Michael Hussey opened up on his Covid-19 experience during IPL 2021  |  Photo Credit: IANS

Michael Hussey Felt Uneasy Flying To Covid-19 Hit India And After Getting Affected Was Isolated, Worried and Feeling Progressively Worse

Michael Hussey has opened up on his ordeal with the disease and described his experience of sitting in a body bag to be shifted from Delhi to Chennai in an air ambulance. The CSK coach also claimed he had doubts over coming to India from ‘the safest place in the world.’

In a column, Hussey wrote, “I felt uneasy when the time came to leave Perth earlier this year to coach with the Chennai Super Kings at the Indian Premier League.‘Why am I leaving one of the safest places in the world?”

“But I love my job and I had made a commitment to coach at the IPL. So, despite my nervousness, I flew to India and embarked on the mandatory seven-day quarantine which was a prerequisite for entering the IPL bubble,” he added. 

Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo - TOI)
Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo – TOI)

Michael Hussey spoke about his experience after being one of the support staff testing positive for COVID-19 and his isolation at the time. He described how his symptoms continued to get progressively worse in the beginning.

“I was locked in my room immediately. No one could come in, and I obviously couldn’t leave. Food was left outside my door like in quarantine. I was isolated, a bit worried and feeling progressively worse,” said Hussey. 

He further said, “My symptoms: I had a bad fever to the point where I was changing my shirt four or five times a night from sweating out. I had a relentless dry, barking cough. And I was really tired. I would try and sit at my desk to do some work, but quickly feel the need for a lie-down. I would wake up from what felt like a quick nap to realise three or so hours had passed.”

Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach, believes that travelling from Mumbai to Delhi during the course of the IPL 2021 first Indian leg exposed all those involved to greater risk.

Michael Hussey and CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, both of whom were detected with COVID-19, were brought to Chennai from Delhi in an air ambulance.

Michael Hussey Realized He Was Probably In The Worst Place To Get Covid-19

Michael Hussey claimed that the worsening COVID-19 situation in Delhi became a source of worry for doctors and led to his decision to be taken to Chennai in an air ambulance.

He wrote “The doctor with the team was concerned. He realised I was probably in the worst place in the world to get Covid at that time. Delhi was recording hundreds of thousands of known new cases a day, there were very few hospital beds and many, many more people lining up outside the hospitals in need of them.”

“If things turned bad, the doctor wasn’t sure if I could get the medical assistance I would need. They decided the best thing to do was to fly me back to Chennai, the team’s home base,” added Hussey. 

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Michael Hussey further described that he had to sit in a fully zipped body-bad to take the flight to Chennai.

“All I could do was trust them. Once we got to the airport, I was wheeled straight onto the plane on a stretcher inside the body bag. The air ambulance flight to Chennai took about three and a half hours. Then it was back into an ambulance and straight to a quarantine hotel,” said the CSK assistant coach. 

Michael Hussey concluded by saying he felt ‘lucky’ after seeing the suffering of so many people around the country.

“All that said, I was incredibly lucky. There were so many people in worse situations than me. I had an employer that went out of its way to look after me at a time of crisis for the country. As confronting as it was to be sick and stranded, having people on the ground with your best interests at heart was very comforting,” said the Australian. 

Michael Hussey returned to the CSK camp for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and oversaw the team’s fourth title victory as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.

KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results. Then, however, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
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Venkatesh Iyer Reveals Harbhajan Singh Told Him He Would Be KKR’s Find Of IPL 2021 By Watching Him At Nets

Venkatesh Iyer, the name which has been on the lips of the fans for the past couple of months, has made quite an interesting revelation regarding veteran India off-spinner and his Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Harbhajan Singh.

After making impressive performances in the second half of the IPL 2021, Venkatesh Iyer has been given his maiden India call-up for the upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand.

Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)
Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)

Venkatesh Iyer Revealed Harbhajan Singh Said He Would Be KKR’s Find In IPL 2021 Much Before He Played His 1st IPL Game

However, the left-handed opener has revealed that spinner Harbhajan Singh had predicted him to be KKR’s “find of the season” after watching him in just a couple of net sessions.

“One thing that Harbhajan Singh told me when the IPL began, after he saw me in just a couple of net sessions, when I wasn’t part of the set-up: ‘You will be KKR’s find this season. I have complete faith in you and when you get the opportunity, you will definitely be able to do it’,” Venkatesh Iyer said.

Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer
Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer. Image-BCCI

Venkatesh Iyer did emerge to be KKR’s find of the season; the southpaw played a crucial role in reviving KKR’s season and launching them till the final. He scored 320 runs in 10 matches in the UAE leg, with the help of four fifties, including a half-century in the final vs CSK, but it wasn’t enough to see his side to the title.

Venkatesh Iyer Didn’t Believe Harbhajan Singh’s Early Comments Would Come Out To Be True

The 26-year-old said that he initially thought Harbhajan Singh was just boosting some confidence in him by praising the youngster.

“To be honest, I didn’t believe it. I thought, why is this guy telling me so much when he hasn’t even seen me in practice games? I thought he was just [being] a good person and comforting me. But I’m happy that it turned out to be slightly true. That’s something that warms my heart,” the all-rounder added.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer (Image: Twitter)

It remains to be seen if Venkatesh Iyer gets to make his India debut against the Kiwis. Also, it would be interesting to see how he goes should he be given a middle-order slot in the all-rounder’s role in the absence of Hardik Pandya.

Venkatesh Iyer, who was a sensation in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE, has earned his maiden India call-up. Venkatesh Iyer scored 320 runs in 10 games at an average of 41.11 and a strike rate of 128.47, including four half-centuries. He finished as KKR’s fourth-highest run-scorer.

India’s squad for New Zealand T20Is:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj

Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP
Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP
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Harbhajan Singh And Sunil Gavaskar Rubbished Bharat Arun’s Claim That The Toss Was Responsible For India’s Early Exit

Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar rubbished India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun’s claim that the toss was responsible for India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup.

Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh rubbished bowling coach Bharat Arun’s ‘toss excuse’ for India’s shocking exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, saying that the Virat Kohli-led side failed to progress to knockout stages due to a couple of bad performances and nothing else.

File picture of Bharat Arun. - B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM
File picture of Bharat Arun. – B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Harbhajan Singh Opens Up On Bharat Arun’s Toss Excuse

Notably, India was knocked out of the race to the semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE after New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi to join Pakistan in the knockouts.

Harbhajan Singh pointed out IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings’ example, saying despite batting first, the team went on to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the final of IPL 2021 not too long ago. Chennai Super Kings managed to score 192 for 3 due to Faf du Plessis 86 and beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165 for 9 by 27 runs despite Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer’s fifties.

Harbhajan Singh (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Harbhajan Singh (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Bharat Arun, on the eve of India’s final match of the T20 World Cup, listed two reasons behind India’s indifferent performance at the ICC event, mentioning that toss and bio-bubble fatigue were the reasons behind India’s defeats in the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.

“I am not trying to give any excuses but I think in this World Cup the trend has been the team that wins the toss has a big advantage especially when you are in playing in Dubai. The wicket kind of eases out when you come out to bowl the second time. These are no excuses. We should have done better, we should have batted better. In the first match, we had the chance to defend a good total, but we looked a little below par,” Bharat said while speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the India vs Namibia match.

India lost the toss in the matches versus Pakistan and New Zealand, wherein the opponents chased down the target without much fuss. Bowling coach Bharat Arun stated that the toss and bio-bubble fatigue were the two reasons behind the defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand.

“I heard Bharat Arun saying that had India won the toss, they could have done this and done that. All that is up for a later discussion. If you had thought that you wanted to bowl first or bat first, well didn’t Chennai Super Kings win the IPL after batting first? They did score 190, so you have to make runs. Let us accept the fact that we didn’t play well as we should have and we did not live up to expectations,” Harbhajan said on Sports Tak.

India’s bowling coach on Sunday blamed the toss for India’s early ouster from the ongoing T20 World Cup. Now, Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar have rubbished Bharat Arun’s lame excuse. Both the players reckon toss was not the only reason for India’s exit from the marquee tournament. Harbhajan Singh cited the example of CSK, who won the final despite batting first in similar conditions.

Sunil Gavaskar: If Batting Flourished Like Afghanistan Where India Posted Above 200, TheIndian Bowlers Wouldh’ve Got A Cushion Of 30-40 Runs

Sunil Gavaskar felt India did not have enough runs on the board in the first place against Pakistan and the Kiwis.

“If our batting had flourished as it did against Afghanistan when they scored 200 then the dew factor wouldn’t have come into play at all because the bowlers have a cushion of 30-40 runs already. So even if they were taken for a few extra runs with the wet ball, those 40 extra runs would make the difference,” Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With Afghanistan losing to New Zealand, India will now play a dead rubber against Namibia on Monday, capping off a disappointing end to Virat Kohli’s T20 captaincy career.