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He is one of the most experienced Twenty20 players in the world, and he has plied his trade for teams in countries like his native Australia, New Zealand and England. However, 34-year-old David Hussey seems to be at home when he's donning the red and silver of the Kings XI Punjab! Which is why since he took over the captaincy of the Mohali franchise--after Adam Gilchrist was sidelined due to injury--Hussey has done exceptionally well to turn things around for his team.
As the skipper of KXIP, Hussey averages over 36 in five games and has won three of those contests. Given that he comes in to bat at No. 4 or No.5, this is a very healthy contribution to his team's cause. He has even bowled handy two to four-over spells as and when needed, and has successfully brought down the opposition's scoring rate time and again.
In the last one week itself, Hussey's contribution to the ball has been crucial, to say the least. The right-arm off-break bowler gave away a combined 12 runs in five overs against the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in away games--that KXIP won.
He even did well with the bat against RCB, scoring 45 important runs in 29 deliveries. This knock ensured that the Punjab team got over the line despite a late scare from the hosts.
To add to this, Hussey has used bowlers like Praveen Kumar and Azhar Mahmood very well. He has also inspired young opener Mandeep Singh, who is making the most of his opportunity up the order in the absence of Gilchrist.
And most importantly, thanks to Hussey's inspired leadership, KXIP are now No. 5 on the points table, which is a big step up from the ghastly No. 8 position they were in for what seemed like an eternity and in with a great chance at surging into the playoffs with some crucial wins ahead.
So for taking over the challenge of leading a deflated side, and turning its luck around, David Hussey is our 'Sports Hero of the Week.'
-Pictures courtesy Reuters-
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