Sekar-Mota is also in this group. But they are not ‘high-profile’ like laughter!
He has 19 centuries in 79 Tests for Australia. Despite scoring runs in Sheffield Shield and county cricket, it took him 30 years to get a Test cap. Didn’t take time to make up for lost time. He scored a thousand runs in Tests in just 166 days. His batting average was 86 despite two years wandering the Test arena. After 29 matches in ODIs, his average fell below 100.
Of course, such incredible statistics did not last forever. Still, at the end of his career, he scored 19 centuries in 79 Tests. 51.52 at an average of over 6,000 runs. A very prosperous career in ODIs as well. Almost 5,500 runs in 185 matches with an average of 48. Only 38 managed to play T20. Average around 138, strike rate 136. It can be said that he is almost a complete batsman.
He got a nickname like Dream. Many people still know him by that name, ‘Mr. Cricket.’ It is natural that there is more interest surrounding this smile than Australian mot-sakers.
In a conversation with bdnews24.com, Hasi said that the experience of coaching those who were eternal rivals in their playing life is great.
“I enjoyed it a lot. A great group of lads, great atmosphere in the dressing room, working hard. Big match against India at Adelaide Oval tomorrow, great occasion. It is said that the World Cup semi-final, the boys are all looking forward.”
How is the occasion of the T20 World Cup semi-final, Hasi knows very well. His innings in the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup is one of the best innings in the history of T20, let alone the World Cup. He played an unbeaten innings of 60 runs off 24 balls that day. But that match and the innings are remembered for his heroics in the last over.
Australia needed 18 runs from the last over to win that day in St. Lucia. Hussey hit the then fearsome off-spinner Saeed Ajmal with three sixes and a four to send Australia into the final with 1 ball to spare.
Australia lost to England in the final. After a long wait, the most successful team in international cricket finally tasted its first title in the T20 World Cup last year. But they failed to retain that title in the field of the country.