Nasser Hussain :'We were a last chance saloon side '

Nasser Hussain :'We were a last chance saloon side '

Post by CiL » Mon, 08 Nov 2004 19:58:39

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'My relationship with my dad is everything. Originally the book was
going to be a thank-you to my dad,' he says.

In its final form it remains a long and impassioned thank-you to his
father - a gregarious man who sacrificed all the comforts he had
established for his family in Madras to take a punt on living in
Britain. A gamble that reached its apogee when Joe's third son became
captain of the England cricket team. 'He was just so happy,' writes
Hussain about the moment when he told his father of his achievement,
'almost thanking me for getting to the very top.'

'From the age of eight until 15 or 16, every time I was out bowling
leg spin I was thinking about my dad and when you've done that it
stays with you,' he says. 'There are lots of things he did which
enabled me to be the player that I was. It wasn't me that wanted to be
a cricketer. He made me 90 per cent of the player I was and the person
I was.'

Like his son, Joe is 'very passionate and nervous. He only watches me
on Ceefax,' says Nasser. 'And then he'll pop back in after having a
fag and see "Hussain lbw Warne 19" and shake his head.'

If the father was too edgy to cope with watching the game on Ceefax
(and cricket-watching does not come more somniferous), the son was
possibly worse afflicted. His playing career was marked by a 'wake up
at five in the morning' fear of failure and an inability to accept
success. In the book he writes: 'If you failed, you were angry; if you
had scored 50, you were angry you hadn't converted it into a hundred;
and if you got a hundred you were angry you hadn't turned it into a
really big one. Even when I scored 207 against Australia in 1997 I was
angry because it was Shane Warne who had got me out and I didn't want
it to be him

lots more o his obsession to bat handles, on Gatting at
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/cricket/story/0,10069,1345633,00.html