DAVID Hussey was never one to revel in the fuss or fanfare that would come his way.
This was why he was happy to bow out quietly from first-class cricket, not making a big deal with any major press conferences - just mentioning it at Victoria's recent end-of-season awards night.
And it was also why he could not help but laugh on one occasion during his impressive seven-year Indian Premier League career.
"You get mobbed by crazy fans everywhere you go over there. There was one occasion when a fan came up to me and said 'I just want your autograph - I'm a huge fan of yours'," Hussey exclusively told APN. "Then he said 'I just want one picture - I'm a real massive fan of yours'.
"I then asked him 'what's my name?' and he said 'I don't know'.
"That's what the fans are like in India - cricketers get treated like gods over there, even when the people don't know our names."
Hussey might not have been a household name worldwide, like his 79-Test brother Mike, but there's no doubting he deserved the fanfare whenever he got it.
The 37-year-old amassed 14,280 first-class runs and won four Sheffield Shield titles - including last summer's - with Victoria.
He also received the state's four-day and one-day player of the season gongs during his career, and won the Big Bash League's player of the tournament in 2011-12.
"I wasn't really emotional on the night," Hussey said of his retirement announcement. "My wife was more so. I didn't want to steal (Victoria coach) Greg Shipperd's thunder, with him moving on from his role after 11 years.
"Cricket Victoria made a collage for me and presented it on the night. It was really well done - it had some great pictures of key moments I've had with the Bushrangers, and listed all my achievements. I was pretty embarrassed about it, but it was very humbling."
Hussey now has plans to get into coaching - he was a part-time batting coach for the Bushrangers last summer - and he still has unfinished business with the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.
"I'm looking forward to working with (newly-appointed Stars captain) Michael Clarke next summer as the vice-captain," Hussey said.
"Although I would have liked to see Glenn Maxwell be given the vice-captaincy instead.
"I've signed on for next season, and maybe have one more left in me after that."
Hussey conceded he could have got more out of himself at international level - he never got the opportunity to play Test cricket, and played 69 one-day internationals.
He also represented Australia in 39 T20s.
"I probably didn't play with the same freedom for Australia as I did at Victoria," he said.
"But I wouldn't change a thing - I won Sheffield Shields and had success at T20 and one-day level.
"When I'm an old man sitting back in my rocking chair, I'll have some great memories to look back on."
- ODIs: 69
- Runs: 1796 HS: 111.
- Ave: 32.6. 100s: 1. 50s: 14
- T20Is: 39
- Runs: 756 HS: 88no.
- Ave: 22.9. 50s: 3.
- First class: 192
- Runs: 14,280. HS: 275.
- Ave: 52.5. 100s: 45. 50s: 65
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