Even now, everybody wants to be like Mike.
Following another breathtaking innings, this time an unbeaten 92 in a losing effort in Jaipur on Wednesday, George Bailey is quickly elevating himself nearer to the echelon of Australia's greatest one-day finishers, the two Mikes - Hussey and Bevan.
While his claims on a Test berth appear to be strengthening every time he walks to the crease, it is Bailey's place in ODI cricket that is truly skyrocketing.
After just 31 games Bailey has piled on 1238 runs at the impressive average of 51.58 - the fourth highest of all-time.
One of the three ahead of him is Bevan (53.58), whose late innings heroics earned him a reputation as the best finisher in the limited overs game.
Bailey certainly has some distance to travel before he reaches Bevan's level, but he's taking giant steps along that path on a daily basis.
Just last month, he joined some other elite company due to his prolific start to the 50-over international game.
He equalled Greg Chappell's record as the fastest Australian to reach 1000 ODI runs, achieving the task in just 26 games.
But it is his ability to correctly assess the situation of a match and control the tempo of his innings before flicking the switch in the final overs which deserve to draw comparison with two of Australia's greats.
"I think the fact we've had two outstanding guys back to back means there's always going to be comparisons, but it's not like that," Bailey said.
"...I'm not really taking over the role.
"If it's not me doing it that's Vogesy (Adam Voges) or Maxy (Glenn Maxwell). That's how all middle order players play."