His international career could never take off in the limited chances he got, but middle-order batsman S. Badrinath, who is currently plying his trade in the Pepsi-IPL, harbours hopes of becoming a late-bloomer like his Chennai Super Kings teammate and idol Michael Hussey.

Involved in a 75-run partnership with Suresh Raina on Tuesday against Pune Warriors, Badrinath’s 31-ball 34 was vital in laying the foundation for CSK’s competitive total that ultimately proved un-gettable for the opposition.

The 32-year-old Badrinath said he looks up to the Aussie, who is now retired after a successful Australia stint which included his Test debut at the age of 30.

“Yes, definitely! I take a lot of inspiration from him. He also played late for the country but played really well. He went on to play seven-eight years of international cricket, brilliantly. So I definitely look up to him and I actually idolise him,” Badrinath said.

Elaborating on his rapport with Hussey, Badrinath said he often has long conversations with the veteran, nicknamed Mr. Cricket for his devotion to the game. — PTI

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