Nasser compares ‘captain’ Stokes with Kohli
He compares Stokes with Kohli and says that Stokes will be an ‘excellent captain’ for England who is in charge in replace of Root in the first Test against West Indies as Root won’t be available. Root has taken leave to stay with his pregnant wife who’s expected to give birth their second child.
The first Test of the series will start on July 8 in ‘bio-secure environment’ which is the first international series after almost 4 months break due to coronavirus pandemic.
“Generally, what Ben (Stokes) does is a bit like Virat (Kohli). Everything he does, he does it at 100 mile an hour. So, I think he will be an excellent captain, although he’s only a stand-in captain,”
Nasser, a respected voice in world cricket, said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“Joe Root is off with that baby, his second child. I think as a stand-in captain, I am absolutely behind it, absolutely great choice, very loyal as well to Joe Root. He won’t have any kind of grandeur thinking that this is my job for life,” added Nasser.
However, Nasser thinks that for long-term option this won’t be great to give the captaincy to Stokes as there’s been already much workload on England’s 2019 World Cup-winning hero. “But as a long-term thing, an all-rounder with so much on his plate, plays three formats, IPL possibly coming up, I think there’s too much on his shoulders, but never write-off Ben Stokes,” he said.
“He could make for an exceptional captain, but I am worried a little bit about his workload in the future if he does it full time,” Nasser concluded.