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Cricket runs in Hussains family blood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2000, 23:50 [IST]
 
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London: Cricket runs so deep in England skipper Nasser Hussain's family that his younger sister Benazir's first words as a baby were "howzzat-out" and she could bowl leg-breaks as a baby, Hussain's mother has said. Revealing insights about the Chennai-born Hussain, England's favourite son at the moment, are tumbling out one after another following England's sensational victory against Pakistan at Karachi. "I always knew Nasser would make it and certainly drove him," said his English mother Shireen, formerly Patricia Price, a schoolteacher in Essex. "I have no regrets about it," she said in an interview with London's 'Daily Mail' newspaper. She is proud of all her children, including her only daughter, ballerina Benazir, who could "bowl leg breaks as soon as she could walk." Eldest son Mel played for Hampshire and second son Abbas, who captained the Loughborough University team, went on to play for the Essex Second 11. A grandson, 11-year-old Travis, has played for the Essex Under-11, and another grandson, five-year-old Reece, is so talented that bystanders gather to watch him practice at the family's cricket school, Shireen told the 'Daily Mail'. Shireen said she fell in love 37 years ago with Jawed Hussain, Nasser's father, because of "his sensitiveness and kindness." "He's a very thoughtful person and I liked him immediately," she added. Nasser, their third child after Mel and Abbas, went to a private school where he gained 10 "O" levels and A-levels in maths, chemistry and engineering before studying natural sciences at Durham University. "My husband always told the boys to do what he did - that whatever their affinity to sports, they had to have two strings to their bow and they must make the best of their education," Shireen said in her interview. "He would say to them: You can be at the very top and break your leg and never be able to play again. They all listened and learned from him. He has been a tough father, but a good one," she added. India Abroad News Service

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