Champions League Twenty20: Rohit's Loss Huge Hole to Fill, Says Mike Hussey

Champions League Twenty20 defending champions Mumbai Indians will bank on Mike Hussey and Lendl Simmons to qualify for the main rounds.

updated: September 15, 2014 15:24 IST
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Mike Hussey (L) and Lendl Simmons (R) have a discussion during Mumbai Indians' match vs Southern Express in the Champions League Twenty20.


Mumbai Indians face a must-win situation in the Champions League Twenty20 qualifiers to enter the final rounds of the tournament. The man who seems to have taken up the challenge is Mike Hussey. The retired Australian batsman feels Rohit Sharma's absence due to injury has added pressure on the team, but it has opened up opportunities for youngsters. (Match Report | Scorecard | Highlights)

In an interview to, Hussey admitted Sharma's absence has put the top order under pressure and the openers had to make good starts. On Sunday, Hussey and Lendl Simmons put on 139 for the opening wicket as Mumbai, chasing Southern Express's 161, won by nine wickets and 22 balls to spare. (Pollard Wants Mumbai to Field Better)

"Losing Rohit is a huge loss. He is such a class player and he was our captain. So it's a huge hole to fill. But it gives an opportunity to a young player. Jalaj (Saxena) has come in and done a good job. It is a great opportunity for him to shine and show how good he is," said Hussey.

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