Former England captain Nasser Hussain has recently revealed his four favourite batsmen whose batting he will watch with full pay. In this special list, Hussain picked one Pakistan, one West Indian, one Indian and one English batsman. Out of these batsmen, only one is still active in international cricket. Meanwhile, during this talk, the former England captain also revealed his childhood hero.
Nasser Hussain played the international cricket from 1989 to 2004 where he represented England in 96 Tests, and 88 ODIs. Out of his 184 international matches, he led the England team in 101 games (45 Tests and 56 ODIs), including leading the team in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.
Former Pakistan opening batsman Saeed Anwar was Hussain’s first choice in this special batting list. Hussain praised the left-handed batsman for his elegant batting through the off-side.
During a recent Q&A session with Daily Mail, Hussain said, “In terms of being easy on the eye, Saeed Anwar had an elegance and grace through the off-side.”
Nasser Hussain then took the name of Brian Lara and Virat Kohli
Hussain then named the Caribbean legend Brian Lara. The former English captain especially praised the left-handed batsman Lara’s backlift.
Hussain added, “I’ve been watching some old footage of Brian Lara with that big back-lift and, wow, could he bat.”
Madras-born Hussain then took the name of the present Indian captain Virat Kohli. Hussain wants to watch the no.1-ranked ODI batsman Kohli’s batting during any ODI run-chase. The former England captain believes that Kohli’s presence brings the possibility to chase down any ODI target successfully.
Hussain continued, “Virat Kohli in a 50-over run chase. He just seems to chase down any score every time.”
I have to go for my childhood hero David Gower: Nasser Hussain
In this special list, Hussain lastly named former England captain David Gower. Hussain revealed that Gower was his childhood hero. Talking about his batting, the former Essex cricketer (Nasser Hussain) recalled his memory during his early English county cricket career when Gower served for Leicestershire.
Hussain claimed, “But I have to go for my childhood hero David Gower. I remember an early game against Leicestershire and I was at cover point as he leant on one and before I could move it hit the boundary boards behind me. Everything I had admired was there in front of my eyes.”
Gower played international cricket for a long time, between 1978 and 1992. However, he and Hussain never played together for England.