Fri, 12 Nov 2021

Micheal Hussey gave Pakistan similar treatment as Matthew Wade, 11 years back!!


On Thursday, Wade was a more unlikely hero than Hussey was regarded as arguably the best white-ball finisher in the game at the time in 2010 in the West Indies, it was Michael Hussey who, with the help of six sixes in his unbeaten 24-ball 60, achieved an almost improbable task of chasing Pakistan's score of 191 in the semifinal played at Gros Islet, winning by three wickets with just one ball remaining. Hussey with a sort of destructive knock that has become more commonplace as the format has developed. His three sixes off Saeed Ajmal were matched by Matthew Wade in Dubai, who went one better by getting three in a row off Shaheen Shah Afridi to seal a stunning chase of 177.

T20 World Cup 2021: When Micheal Hussey gave Pakistan similar treatment as Matthew Wade, 11 years back

In fact, it was Stoinis who seemed the more likely match-winner, and for Wade, the all-rounder was the man who turned the game when he took 13 off Haris Rauf in the 17th over including a six and a four.

That brought the required rate down to just over 12 and over from the last three. They did just that, Stoinis finishing unbeaten on 40 and Wade a blistering 41 from just 17 deliveries.

"It's confidence, confidence in your ability to finish the game. To be able to bat with Marcus has been awesome, I've played a lot of cricket with him (Stoinis) at Victoria early on in his career so I've seen him grow into the cricketer he is today."

"I know if I can hang with him for four or five overs, he's going to find the boundary, he's too big and strong not to. The reason that he and I worked well towards the back end is that we know each other's game so much. Trying to keep calm is probably the biggest thing towards the back end. That`s quite easy for me because I look down the other end and I see his big rig ready to send it out of the park. It might not be as easy for him at the other end," said Wade.

While it was a one-man effort from Hussey 11 years back that stunned Pakistan, this time it was a joint effort from the new generation of Australian finishers.