Kohli, Iyer & Shami Will Get Headlines But...: Nasser Hussain Lauds India's 'Genuine Hero' In WC 2023


Former England skipper Nasser Hussain, who has now donned the hat of an expert, is in India these days doing commentary for the ODI World Cup 2023 matches. After India beat New Zealand by 70 runs in the first semi-final played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the former batting great praised India’s dominant show and reserved special praise for Indian skipper Rohit Sharma by saying that he is the actual hero of this Indian team.

Rohit has set the stage on fire in the ODI World Cup 2023 and, in 10 matches, has scored a total of 550 runs. His strike rate is 124.15, and the 36-year-old has hammered 28 sixes in the ODI World Cup this year. With his four big hits on Wednesday, Rohit also broke Chris Gayle’s record of hitting most sixes in ODI World Cup history.

According to Hussain, "The headlines tomorrow will be about Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami, but the genuine hero of this Indian side, the actual man that has changed the culture of this Indian side, is Rohit Sharma."

"We were all there at the (T20 World Cup 2022) semifinal in Adelaide, where they (India) played meek, timid cricket, plodded along, got a below par score, and England knocked them off none down, won by 10 wickets. We have DK with us, who said after that, he (Rohit) said to DK, 'We're going to have to change'," said Hussain.

"It's one thing saying that and another thing going out and actually walking the talk. So, I think the real hero today was Rohit. Group stage games are different, but to do it in a knockout match is special. New Zealand tested them today. Rohit went out and played aggressive cricket. He gave a message to the dressing room that we are going to carry on with this mindset,” he added.

In the first semi-final match, Virat scored his 50th ODI century to break the world record set by Sachin Tendulkar. Hussain said that the script couldn't have been written any better.

“You could not write a better script, to be honest. I played against Sachin, and I never thought I would see someone go past Sachin in my lifetime, to be honest. Sachin was the best batter I have ever seen. For this lad to do it on Sachin’s home ground with Sachin in attendance in a World Cup semi-final with such style and power, it was just awesome. The modern-day master has just gone past the Little Master. He’s the best in the world; it’s as simple as that. He’s a genius,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)


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