Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar will be "sick of me" by the end of Indian Premier League-7, says Michael Hussey, who plans to talk about the game and life after international retirement with the iconic cricketer during his stint with Mumbai Indians over the next month and a half. (Also read: Tendulkar monitors Mumbai Indians in training ahead of opener)
"I hope so. I am really looking forward to spending time with him and talking about life and cricket. He will probably be sick of me by the end of the IPL," Hussey said when asked if he will be exchanging thoughts with the recently-retired Tendulkar. (Also read: Will Michael Hussey, the Chennai Super Kings 'discard', be Mumbai Indians pride?)
The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who was part of MI's triumphant campaign in the last edition, has been appointed the side's mentor ahead of the upcoming extravaganza starting on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Hussey, who had been part of many a remarkable wins with the Chennai Super Kings, will don the blue jersey this time around.
"It will be different but I am excited by the challenge of joining a team that I have admired and respected over the six years," Hussey was quoted as saying by IPL's official website.
The retired Australian great is excited at the prospect of playing at the Wankhede Stadium, which he feels has the "best atmosphere I have ever experienced".
Asked about the rivalry between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings and if it will take a bit of work to adjust, he said, "I don't think so. I have had some great battles with Mumbai Indians over the years and look forward to many great battles with CSK over the next few years."
Talking about maintaining high level of fitness, he said, "I have still been able to work hard on my fitness and strength and I am still playing in the Big Bash in Australia. I may be a little rusty early in the tournament but I think I won't take long to get up to the required level."
Asked if he suffered from withdrawal symptoms after retirement form international cricket, the 38-year-old responded in negative.
"No, quite the opposite actually. I don't miss the stress, pressure, expectation and media attention. T20 is fun and easier on the body as you get older."