Raipur, Sep 15: Calling Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma as a class player, his team-mate Michael Hussey described the right-hander's unavailability for the Champions League 2014 (CLT20) as a "huge loss" and "huge hole" to fill.
Mumbai Indians, the defending champions, cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Southern Express (Sri Lanka) here last night (September 14) in the qualifying stage after their opening loss to Pakistan's Lahore Lions.
Hussey, who hit a half century in the team's win last night, said Rohit's absence gives an opportunity to a young player.
"Losing Rohit is a huge loss. He is such a class player and he was our captain. So it's a huge hole to fill. But it gives an opportunity to a young player. Jalaj (Saxena) has come in and done a good job. It is a great opportunity for him to shine and show how good he is," Hussey told the official website of CLT20 yesterday.
On asked how his role in the team has changed in Rohit's absence, he said: "My job is to try and get the team off to a good start and then offer some experience in the dressing room to some of the younger players and try and keep them relaxed."
Mumbai Indians next face Northern Knights (New Zealand) in their final qualifier on Tuesday.