Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has compared Ben Stokes’ characteristics to India captain Virat Kohli, saying Stokes is a leader in the English dressing room anyway.
Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels that star all-rounder Ben Stokes has very similar characteristics to India skipper Virat Kohli as he also wants to win.
Stokes will be leading the England side for the first Test against West Indies in the unavailability of skipper Joe Root, who has decided to spend time with his pregnant wife.
Interestingly, Root also sees a shade of Virat Kohli in his deputy Ben Stokes and feels the flamboyant all-rounder will lead by example like the Indian skipper
“He [Stokes] is a fighter of a character,” Hussain said. “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,” Hussain said while speaking Sony Ten’s Pit Stop show.
Hussain also said he feels Stokes would be a good captain. However, Hussain also pointed out the history of English cricket’s wrong choices of captains.
“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,” Hussain added.
“And Ben is a leader in that dressing room anyway. People look at Stokes, even if he is vice-captain and go, ‘What’s Ben doing? How would Ben do this?’ I like it the way it is at the moment Joe [Root]’s captain, Ben is your vice-captain. There are leaders that don’t need the arm-band and I think Ben Stokes is one of those. But I think on a short-term basis, Ben Stokes in a one-off game at the Ageas Bowl, or maybe a couple of games, I think he would stand in and do a very good job,” Hussain concluded.