Rohit hails Hussey consistency

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Captain Rohit Sharma has welcomed the arrival of Australian batsman Michael Hussey to the Mumbai Indians franchise, ahead of this year's Indian Premier League.

Captain Rohit Sharma has welcomed the arrival of Australian batsman Michael Hussey to the Mumbai Indians franchise, ahead of this year's Indian Premier League.

Hussey was not retained by the Chennai Super Kings and was subsequently purchased by Mumbai for Rs 5 crores ($833,000 approx) in February's player auction.

Their attempt to secure the services of Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, however, were unsuccessful. Johnson was bought by the Kings XI Punjab.

"We wanted to buy Johnson and used the joker card too but sadly it couldn't happen. However, the core players still remain the same. Pplus, we have Hussey and Zaheer Khan, who bring a lot of experience," Sharma told the <i>Indian Express</i>.

"So picking the right combination will be important for us. On a personal note, I'm looking forward to learn from Hussey how he manages to be so consistent."

The opening 20 fixtures of the seventh edition of the IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates, where Rohit is eager to see the squad gel in pursuit of a repeat of 2013's title-winning campaign.

"More than the playing conditions, what will be the key for most of the teams is how quickly every player gels with the other," he added.

"After the auction, the teams have many new members and it will be a challenge for them to perform as a group. If the atmosphere in the dressing room is friendly and positive, then it is reflected on the field."

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