IND vs ENG 2016: Nasser Hussain Very Pleased To Be Back In The Place Of His Birth
On an otherwise dismal tour where his country has been hammered by the hosts so far in the ongoing series, Nasser Hussain would have found a much-needed solace when he set foot in Chennai for the final Test of the series. And why not, after all, this is the place where the former England skipper was born and lived for six years before moving to England.
Expressing his delight over the happy reunion with his birthplace, the 48-year old, in an interview with the Times of India, said:“I’m very pleased to be back in the place of my birth. I think I was born in a hospital just over the other side of the stadium. Actually, I didn’t realise that. It was Ashwin who told me about that the other day when I saw him.”
However, the cricketer-turned-commentator will not be able to explore the city due to time constraints.
“I’m busy with work. I fly out the night after the game. I have not really planned to go out anywhere. It’s a shame that I have not got more time to go around and visit places in Chennai. But I will pop over to the MCC, sit down and remember when my dad used to be there having a drink in the bar and enjoying himself. I will say a hello to the few people there,” he added.
“My father played here. I came here during one English winter and played a bit of cricket on this ground. I was young, probably 18 and I wanted to get used to playing on spinning conditions,” he recalled.
Meanwhile, the retired cricketer also had a word of praise for the Chennai people for their remarkable rescue act after the devastating Vardah Cyclone that had put the match in doubt.
“It’s obviously been difficult to see the devastating damage from the cyclone over the last couple of days. But the community spirit from the people of Chennai, the way they have been trying to clear up the trees on the road has been absolutely magnificent,” said Hussain.
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