According to an article published in the Hindustan Times, former India Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants ex-Australia batsman Michael Hussey to become the national team’s new head coach.
Dhoni, who announced his retirement from Test cricket after the third Test against Australia in Melbourne, has allegedly already told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about his thoughts.
“Dhoni has floated the name of Michael Hussey for the position (current coach Duncan) Fletcher has assumed,” Sai Prasad Mohapatra wrote in his article for the Hindustan Times. “In a carefully calibrated way, Dhoni’s intent and communication about Hussey has reached the top BCCI boss, and nobody else is privy to this.
“Dhoni sees a brilliant thinker and man manager in Hussey who can bring calmness and camaraderie to the dressing room like [Gary] Kirsten.
“Besides being a non-confrontational character, Hussey has been the brain behind Murali Vijay’s success in Australia – Vijay apparently overcame the challenges of playing in Australia with Hussey’s help.”
However, Hussey believes that he is not ready to become India’s head coach just yet.
“I’m not sure if I’m really ready for that sort of challenge,” Hussey was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “Thanks, M.S., if it’s true…but, I’m still playing!”