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Nasser Hussain

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
England, British Universities Students Association, England A, Essex, MCC, Young England, England Under-19
Roles played:
Skipper-ODI | Ex Skipper-Test | Batsman
Home country:
March 28, 1968, Madras (now Chennai)


Nasser Hussain is regarded as one of the most successful captains to have ever led England in Test cricket. The leggie-turned-batsman was born in Madras (now Chennai). “Nashwan”, as he is nicknamed, began his cricketing career at Essex in 1987, and a couple of years later received his first call-up to the national side in an ODI against Pakistan. The following year, he made his Test debut in a historic match which was England’s first victory against the West Indies in 16 years, although it was not until 1993 that he cemented his place in the Test arena.

Once he took over the captaincy from Alec Stewart in 1999, the English team was in turmoil. He lost his first series as captain against New Zealand. But after that he started a revival as he became the first England captain since Mike Brearley to win four Test series on the trot. His captaincy style reflected his personality, always full of energy and ideas and never static. Even after receiving a drubbing in the Ashes in 2001 and the following one, not for once was Hussain under the scanner; such was the value of his captaincy.

Whilst batting, Hussain had quite a lot of technical glitches in his style, that included a dominant bottom hand and unorthodox leg and head positions, which led him to lean back in the drive. After years of improving on his stance as well as other technical faults, he finally became a quality Test batsman. He then hung up his boots from all forms of cricket in May 2004. Since his retirement, Hussain has taken up commentary on international cricket matches.

Fast Facts

  • Nasser Hussain became the youngest player to represent Essex Schools Under-11, aged eight.
  • He led England to a historic series win against West Indies, the first on home soil since 1969.
  • England secured a 1-0 series win over Pakistan in Karachi, where Hussain became the first foreign captain to triumph at the National Stadium.
  • He scored 370 runs at 61.66 at one point going over 1,000 minutes without being dismissed against South Africa.
  • In 2002 Hussain was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
  • He also made a special appearance in a Bollywood movie, called “Patiala House”.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 96 171 5764 16 37.18 40.38 14 33 207
ODI 88 87 2332 10 30.28 66.99 1 16 115
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 96 1 30 15 0 0/15 / - 3.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 67 0 6
ODI 40 0 11
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 45 17 15 0 13 37.78
ODI 56 28 27 0 1 50


England Vs West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica - Feb 24, 1990
Last played:
England Vs New Zealand at Lord's, London - May 20, 2004
England Vs Pakistan at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur - Oct 30, 1989
Last played:
England Vs Australia at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Mar 02, 2003