Michael Hussey is back with the Chennai Super Kings, this time around as batting coach after having turned out as a player in seven seasons of the Indian Premier League.

“I am really excited about returning to the Chennai Super Kings in a coaching capacity and working with the players to help them get the best out of themselves and also help to bring success to this great franchise,” the Australian batting great said ahead of the upcoming 2018 IPL season.

Referred to as Mr Cricket, Hussey is the third highest run-getter for CSK in the IPL with 1,768 runs, only behind topper Suresh Raina (3,699) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2,987).

“I have so many great memories as a player and have made many wonderful friends in Chennai and now I am excited about giving back to the franchise in trying to help the next generation of CSK players,” said the 42-year-old, who won the Orange Cap for most runs in the 2013 season.

“It is exciting to have CSK back in the competition and I am sure the fans are very happy to have their team back on the field,” he added. During Hussey’s time with the franchise, CSK won the IPL twice, finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified to the Playoffs in all eight seasons between 2008 and 2015.