Hope Gilly-Lehmann combine recreates magic of 2009: Hussey
New Delhi: Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann have done it in the past, albeit for a different team, but their countryman David Hussey says the Australian duo has the ability to recreate the magic with Kings XI Punjab and lead the side to its maiden IPL triumph in the current season.
Gilchrist, as captain and, Lehmann as coach, were the vital cogs in Deccan Chargers` triumphant campaign in 2009.
"They worked really well together at the Deccan franchise. They had tasted success in 2009 and hope their partnership can repeat the same for Kings XI Punjab this season. The duo of Gilchrist and Lehmann brings a wealth of experience with them. We are looking forward to put up a great show in the tournament," Hussey told PTI in an interview.
"Gilchrist is a class player. He has a great acquisition. Any team would benefit from his wealth of experience. We are looking up to him to score many runs for us and take catches behind the stumps. Lehmann, as a coach, is great for the franchise. I am hoping that the combination will regenerate the same impact," he added.
Kings XI Punjab have never won their opening game in the previous five editions of the IPL and Hussey said they would look to change the history with a win over Pune Warriors India in their first game on April 7.
"It`s going to be a tough game for us, playing away from home. It`s going to be difficult. In the history of the IPL, Kings XI have not won their opening game and we would look to rectify that and win our first game to start the tournament on a solid note," said the 35-year-old.
Hussey said the team has a good blend of overseas and Indian players going into the sixth edition.
"KXIP has a great mix of overseas and Indian players. We have a good mix of youth and experience. What Gilchrist and Lehmann have put together is not a star-studded team but a team that really plays for each other. We are confident of putting up a good show this time around," he said.
"The team preparation is going on very well. We had a great training session last night. All boys are full of confidence going into round one against Pune Warriors," Hussey said.
The Australian batsman would also be looking at a few individual milestones.
He has so far played 198 T20 games, including all domestic fixtures, and is two short of his 200th appearance. Hussey has an aggregate of 4821 runs and requires 179 for completing 5000 in the slam-bang format.
"It`s fantastic. I did not know about it. I am looking to perform for my team and have a successful tournament. The records will take care of themselves."
Talking about his omission from Cricket Australia`s 2013-14 central contracts list, Hussey, who has played 69 ODIs and 39 Twenty20s for Australia said, "I am not disappointed, not really. I am concentrating on the IPL and want some wins for Kings to reach the knock-outs. I am focused on the IPL."