New Delhi: Having watched India dominate the Aussies in the T20I series, former international cricketer Michael Hussey on Monday termed Men in Blue as one of the hot favorites to lift the ICC World T20 trophy.
Hussey recently played his last competitive match in Australia, leading the Sydney Thunders to the Big Bash League title.
In an interview to the Hindustan Times, Mr Cricket said if MS Dhoni's boys get on a bit of a roll, they would be very hard to beat at the coveted tournament.
“Just watching them here in Australia, seeing the balance in their squad, the blend of youth and experience, if they get on a bit of a roll, they are going to be hard to beat,” Hussey told HT.
“They’ve played excellent cricket, getting a bit of momentum leading into the World T20. A confident team, with the skill and talent they have, is dangerous. They got a nice blend of youth and experience. They’ve got a lovely balance at the moment,” he further added.
Commenting on his former Chennai Super Kings colleague, the left-hander said there were few more destructive batsmen in the world than Mahi. Hussey also highlighted the fact Dhoni bats at a difficult position, which increased the probability of him not being able to take the team to the finish line on every occasion.
“He is a class player. It (lower order) is one of the toughest positions to bat in T20 cricket. We expect him to do it all the time, but you can’t all the time. His record is phenomenal and when he is confident, there aren’t too many better destructive batsmen in the world,” he said.
The 40-year-old however skirted questions around him being one of the contenders for the vacant coaching role at Team India.
“I haven’t even thought about it; probably not because it is a huge commitment. I retired from international cricket to spend more time at home; if you take that job you will be away from home for close to 12 months of the year. My initial reaction is probably no, but it will be a great challenge, and will be very exciting. But you need to be ready. I am not sure I am ready for that just yet,” Hussey said.