Australian batsman David Hussey is likely to get a chance to play for Chennai Super Kings on May 22 and 24 in the Indian Premier League 2014 when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum returns home for the birth of his child. Hussey was picked as a replacement for injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo by Chennai Super Kings.
"The talk started a while ago, actually, with Dwayne Bravo having a sore shoulder," Hussey told iplt20.com referring to Chennai's move to include him in the squad.
The Australian T20 star arrived in India recently to honour a commentary commitment for the host broadcasters of the IPL.
"Stephen Fleming (CSK coach) rang me and asked if I would be interested in playing. I was lucky enough to be here commentating, and now, I can't wait to play. I have sort of spoken to Fleming and he said that I will be a middle-order player, and with Brendon McCullum due to go home for the birth of his baby, I'll definitely get an opportunity to play," Hussey said.
David's elder brother Michael Husseywas one of Chennai's finest overseas players, scoring 1691 runs in 46 games between 2008 to 2013, but the southpaw was not retained by the two-time champions, for inexplicable reasons. (Also read: Mumbai Indians must believe in Hussey: Ravi Shastri)
In fact, Michael was taken by surprise, when he was told on-air that his younger brother would join his former team.
West Indies all-rounder Bravo was ruled out of the tournament after injuring his shoulder while fielding against Kings XI Punjab during the teams' first match in in the UAE.
There have been a few injuries in this edition of the IPL with the technical committee approving all the requested replacements of the respective franchises.
Uttar Pradesh medium-pacer Praveen Kumar recently joined Mumbai Indians after Zaheer Khan bowed out with an injury while South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was bought by the Delhi Daredevils as Nathan Coulter-Nile's replacement.
Earlier Nic Maddinson of Royal Challengers Bangalore also opted out due a hamstring injury with Proteas batsman Rilee Rossouw beind added to the squad.
The 36-year-old David has played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab since 2008 and has appeared in 59 matches, scoring 1026 runs at an average of 25.65.
(With PTI inputs)