Mike Hussey rates Dravid higher than Tendulkar

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Published: Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:53 [IST]
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'Mr Cricket' Hussey hails Rahul Dravid

Chennai, May 4: Mike Hussey, nicknamed as Mr Cricket, has revealed that he likes The Wall, Rahul Dravid more than the little Master on the sidelines of a cricket education programme in Chennai on Thursday.

"(Sachin) Tendulkar, too, is a great player but I like Dravid the most for the way he approaches the game," Hussey said on the sidelines of a cricket education programme.

Hussey admires Sachin Tendulkar as he said he is great, but revealed his liking for The Wall, as his qualities stand out, making him Hussey's favourite Indian cricketer.

"It's his guts, determination and never-say-die attitude that makes him stand out," Hussey said, praising the Indian stalwart, who quit international cricket after the team's debacle in Australia.

Though Dravid did not do well in the series down under, Hussey feels that will not affect his otherwise glorious career, as he is the third highest run-scorer in Tests behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

"He had done it for years, scored runs everywhere he played, and he is such a humble human being," Hussey said. The respect for the Team Rajasthan captain was evident in the cricketer's tenor.

Hussey also feels that it is difficult for India to find Dravid's replacement, irrespective of a strong pool of talented cricketers in the domestic circuit.

"It will be very very hard for India. Let me tell you, it won't happen in a hurry," Hussey said.

Hussey, representing Chennai Super Kings in IPL 5, said the Indian cricket team has many talented cricketers liek Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and others.

"Virat (Kohli) has proved that he is a world-class performer. Then there are the likes of Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. There are many more and the kind of following that India have for the game, they will always discover new players," Hussey added.

Hussey feels the team has improved a lot under the able leadership of MS Dhoni as they beat them in the World Cup last year and went on to win the title after 28 years. But they were also humiliated in the Test series as Australia thrashed India 4-0.

"You should understand that India reached the top in both forms of the game. It's not easy to hold on to the spot and England came very hard at them. Then, we too, were really keen to win that series. But it will be wrong to say that India are no longer the same team that they were," the left-hander said graciously.

Talking about Dhoni's captaincy, Hussey defended his Chennai skipper, by saying "A captain is always as good as his team. It's true for every team, be it India or Chennai."

On his team's poor run in the fifth edition of IPL, Hussey said Chennai has witnessed such situations before and was confident that the team can play to its potential in the remaining games.

"We have been through such situations before. How can I forget the way Dhoni hit that six in Dharmsala in 2010 to win us a losing game and take us through to the semifinals. This team knows how to fight and we won't go down that easily," Hussey said.


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