It looks like Chennai Super Kings should have one Hussey in their squad. If it was Michael Hussey, who was synonymous with CSK from 2008 to 2013, it is his younger brother David, who is part of the CSK squad, though he came in as a replacement for the injured Dwayne Bravo in the latter half of this IPL.
Wednesday will throw up an exciting contest between the Hussey brothers, Michael turning up for Mumbai Indians against his old team with David in the line-up. David, who was pulled down straight from the commentary box and made to play, has succeeded straight away. He scored a 25 not out and 50 not out in his two outings.
Michael, after a miserable start to this IPL, has come back soundly after being dropped from the XI. He notched up two scores of 56 in three innings while also forming a strong opening partnership with Lendl Simmons.
Asked if he exchanged notes with his brother David, Michael said: "I think he will be thoroughly enjoying going into it. It is a good environment. CSK is a fantastic team and extremely well run. I am sure he will enjoy it. He has obviously come in and played pretty well which is not easy considering he has been up in the commentary box and to come straight on to the field and perform well is tough. He batted really extremely well the other night and I am sure he will be thoroughly enjoying the experience."
Wednesday's Eliminator will not be the first time both the Husseys will come face to face in IPL. They have done it before four times when David was with first with Kolkata Knight Riders (2008-2010) and then with Kings XI Punjab (2011-13) and Mike with CSK (2008-14), with the elder Hussey emerging victorious on three occasions.
Mike Hussey (CSK) vs David Hussey (KKR & KXIP)
2008: David 0, Mike did not bat, CSK bt KKR by 9 wickets in Chennai
2012: Mike 7, David 9 & 0/23, KXIP bt CSK by 6 wickets in Dharamsala
2013: David 41, Mike 86*, CSK bt KXIP by 10 wickets in Mohali
Mike 35, David 22 & 0/31, CSK bt KXIP by 15 runs in Chennai