He landed in Chennai a day before the game, but the effortless ease with which he slipped into his rhythm from ball one, Mike Hussey must be wondering 'what's the fuss about the challenge of adapting to different formats, teams and positions'.
On Wednesday, he hit a hundred in the third one-dayer for Australia against Bangladesh batting at No 5 on Saturday, he was the topscorer (56-ball 83 not out) in the Indian Premier League game for Chennai Super Kings. In both games, he was the man of the match.
"I am happy to perform whatever role the team assigns me. Today I opened the innings, but in another match I might bat in the middle order. I had an opportunity to open and capitalised," the 35-year-old said.
His formula is to keep it simple. "I think the experience of having played a bit of Twenty20 cricket and in different situations has helped. Basically, you do not want to get things too complicated. You should keep a clear mind to do what is best for your team. Even if you get out trying a big shot first ball, still you are doing the right thing. I always try to be clear in my mind and stay relaxed," he said.
The Australia stalwart congratulated India for their World Cup win. From Australia's perspective, Hussey said it was time to move on.
"India played outstanding cricket. Against us (Australia), there was lot of pressure on the Indians to chase. They chased a tough total on a tough pitch. We gave our best shot but we came up short. We have to move on."