The former English skipper Nasser Hussain thinks that England is very lucky to have Moeen Ali on their side for his outstanding contributions in every format of the game.
Along with this Moeen Ali earned popularity over other players of the team. Nasser Hussain also praised Moeen Ali for restraining himself from alcohol following the Islamic rituals when English players were celebrating with champagne after their victory over the Proteas.
“With England, Ben Stokes always gets a huge roar because of the way he plays, then Moeen is right up there because of the whole package and what it means to the nation for us to have someone like him. It is a sign, in many ways, of how far we have come,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“It was clear the rest of the squad appreciated everything Moeen stands for, not just as an outstanding cricketer but also as a man of Islamic faith who has become such an important sporting figure in our country,” he wrote.
Moeen contributed hugely on the fourth Test against South Africa with the ball where they got a 3-1 series win. Again he did brilliant on the third Test as he claimed a hat-trick with the ball facilitating the memorable win for England.
Hussain highlighted that the England board should focus more on the British-Asians as they are proud of their roots and are doing great for the English side with honesty.
“Why are we still not tapping into that market and producing more England cricketers from those backgrounds? I used to see loads of talented young kids, third or fourth-generation British Asians, at my dad’s cricket school in Wilford when I played and you could see and appreciate their love of the game,” he said.