Cameron Green praised his "awesome" Mumbai Indians team-mates after the Australian all-rounder capped a successful first summer in India with a maiden IPL hundred on Sunday to follow his Test ton.
"I think the whole set-up has been awesome, and I have been getting really well looked after," Green said after his 47-ball 100 not out helped Mumbai thump Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets with two overs to spare.
"So when me and Rohit are batting, it's awesome knowing you've got SKY after you."
The 23-year-old is the second most expensive player this season as the five-time champions acquired his services for INR 17.5 Crores. He has repaid that faith, smashing 381 runs at a strike rate of over 159 this season. With the ball, he has taken a more modest six wickets.
His IPL debut follows a successful tour of India with Australia in February-March when he scored a century in Ahmedabad, the world's biggest cricket stadium.
Green will also be a crucial part of Australia's team in the World Test Championship final against India in June as well as in the subsequent Ashes series against England.
"Special knock Cameron Green! Proper player," tweeted South African AB de Villiers, a former IPL big-hitter.
Former Australia batsman and ex-IPL coach Tom Moody wrote on Twitter, "Well, if you didn't know before today, Cameron Green is an absolute superstar."
Mumbai Indians will lock horns against Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday, May 24, in the Eliminator at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
(With inputs from AFP)