Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes all-rounder Ben Stokes has very similar characteristics to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. It is well known that both Stokes and Kohli want to win all the time at any cost and their passion for the game is palpable. Hussain feels Stokes will do a fine job as England’s captain in the first Test against the West Indies at Ageas Bowl, Southampton in the absence of full-time skipper Joe Root.
Joe Root will miss the first Test due to the birth of his second child. Meanwhile, Joe Root had also compared Ben Stokes with Virat Kohli recently and had added that Stokes’ leadership style will be similar to the Indian captain.
Ben Stokes is in the form of his life
Stokes is known to play aggressively and he likes to take the bull by its horns like Virat Kohli. Both the players are known to give more than 100% and it is what makes them the best players in the world right now.
Meanwhile, England hasn’t had a great record when their previous all-rounders like Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff were made captain. However, Hussain feels Stokes will do a fine job in a one-off Test as captain.
“He [Stokes] is a fighter of a character,” Hussain said while talking on Sony Pit Stop Show. “He thinks from every situation, you can win that game, and we have seen that at Headingley, we have seen that at the World Cup. He has very similar characteristics to Kohli, to be honest. He wants to win.”
“I think he would make a very good captain. The only problem with that is, I would say, in England, sometimes we have made our best cricketers and our all-rounder’s captains, whether it be [Ian] Botham or whoever. Sometimes, it doesn’t sit when you’ve got so much on your plate.
Ben Stokes has been in the form of his life and he would like to tick the right boxes as a leader of the side. Stokes has never lead England in the past and he has the experience of leading his county Durham on a couple of occasions.
Thus, it is going to be a different ball game altogether for Stokes but he should be fine as he has all the experience under his belt. Joe Root is expected to be back for the second Test match, which will take place at Old Trafford, Manchester from July 16.