Nasser Hussain insists he would ‘pay to watch’ India captain Virat Kohli and England hero David Gower.
Hussain grew up idolising Gower, who scored more than 11,000 runs and 25 centuries for England, and ended up playing against the legendary batsman in county cricket.
Following his own successful international career – which produced 14 Test centuries – Hussain has made a seamless move into the commentary box.
Asked to name the current and former players he would ‘pay to watch’, Hussain told MailSport: ‘Virat Kohli in a 50-over run chase. He just seems to chase down any score every time.
‘In terms of being easy on the eye, Saeed Anwar had an elegance and grace through the off-side.
‘I’ve been watching some old footage of Brian Lara with that big back-lift and, wow, could he bat. 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.’
The question was also posed to former England coach David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, who agreed with Hussain that Kohli is a special player.
Over the past decade, Kohli has established himself as one of the greatest batsmen in history, scoring 70 centuries for India.
Bumble said: ‘I’d definitely pay to watch England play as a team. Ben Stokes is box office. But I’d go for Virat Kohli.
‘I reckon he is the best player to come out of India. He is fearless and, crucially, I think he always puts his team first. He has to win – for the team.
‘Aesthetically I would never tire of watching Lara. He was a flipping genius.’
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