Hussain the captain, a major gain for England

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Friday, January 18, 2002, 16:32 [IST]
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If any good has come England's way in the past few years it undoubtedly is Hussain's hand at the helm - a man who is capable of changing the course and complexion of the game with the sheer dint of his mental prowess.

Hussain's approach towards the game in the recently concluded Test series was quite simply revealing. It only went to substantiate the fact that it is the mind that matters the most.

Although Hussain had limited resources at his disposal, he garnered enough strategic strands to clamp the Indian surge and eventually had India on the back foot - thanking the weather for its intervention. There were many who thought of Hussain's tactics at Bangalore as negative and not in keeping with the game but I for one see that as yet another of his lateral ways of thinking.

A man who is not afraid to look things in the eye and effect counter measures, for me, is the man of the hour. Although Hussain might not be as prolific with the bat, his contribution to the team as a leader is, by far, a huge gain for England.

Had not Hussain been troubled with injury as often as he did, England could have been much higher on the points table. Hussain's the man England will be looking forward to in the next couple of years to take it further up the ladder and Hussain holds all the promise of a brighter future.

England's immediate goal, however, would be the upcoming One-day series and with some of the old guard returning to the forefront, things are looking good for England. Having said that, it's not going to be as easily thought out - India in India is a formidable force. However, nothing can be more formidable than an organised thought process and Hussain has it going for him.

The fact that India's captain is under considerable amount of pressure could further enhance England's chances of an upset victory. In short, England will be looking forward to Hussain and his bag of tricks for a welcome victory, especially with the Indian women cricketers having given the English women a drubbing in the One- dayers.


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