Mike Hussey 'zipped into body-bag' during Covid-19 ordeal in India

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Mike Hussey, pictured here in commentary for Fox Cricket during the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2019.
Mike Hussey in commentary for Fox Cricket during the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2019. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Aussie cricket legend Mike Hussey has opened up on his nightmare ordeal after contracting Covid-19 in India, re-living the horror moment he was put in a "see-through body bag".

The 45-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 in May while serving as a coach for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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Hussey's case and that of a fellow Super Kings coach eventually led to the postponement of the tournament, which recommenced in the UAE last month.

The tournament had initially been played inside a biosecurity bubble in Mumbai, but a move to Dehli exposed several IPL figures to the virus.

Hussey then tested positive for Covid-19 not long after the Super Kings' bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji did.

Mike Hussey, pictured here with Shaun Marsh during the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in 2018.
Mike Hussey talks with Shaun Marsh during the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in 2018. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

In a new interview with Code Sports, the Aussie great said he had sat next to Balaji on the team bus nearly every day going to training.

With hundreds of thousands of new cases each day in Delhi and the medical system struggling, doctors decided the best thing for Hussey was to fly back to Chennai.

However that meant flying in an air ambulance, which Hussey described as "basically a see-through body bag."

"You are zipped in, isolated from anything and everything, with a tiny little hole near your feet that lets in air conditioning. Space is very tight. But at least the plastic was clear so you could see outside," Hussey wrote for Code Sports.

"It’s pretty confronting when they zip you up. I was thinking, ‘Shivers, am I going to suffocate in here? This has got to be a bad dream.’

"Once we got to the airport, I was wheeled straight onto the plane on a stretcher inside the body bag. The air ambulance flight to Chennai took about three and a half hours. Then it was back into an ambulance and straight to a quarantine hotel."

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Hussey said he spent the next two weeks in quarantine before being allowed to return to Australia with the rest of the Aussie contingent in the IPL.

In an earlier interview with Fox Sports, Hussey opened up on the moment he learned he'd tested positive.

"I wasn't surprised. I was a bit like, 'Oh gosh, why me', but I didn't really think too much at all. I thought it was a bit of a shame," he revealed.

"I certainly wasn't worried about my breathing or things like that. It was just a bit annoying, really.

"Looking back on it now, it probably did knock me around a bit more than I thought at the time.

"At the time, I thought I didn't feel great but not life-threatening or anything like that. But it does take its toll on you after a while, I guess."

Hussey played 79 Test matches for Australia, scoring over 6000 runs.

He also played 185 one-day internationals for his country before starting a career in the media.

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