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‘India’s winning mentality down to Kohli, but Williamson is my favourite’ – Hussain

India v New Zealand Takeaways
by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Former England captain Nasser Hussain credited India captain Virat Kohli for the cultural change he has effected in the team, but said that New Zealand’s Kane Williamson ticked all the boxes as a leader in the red-ball format.

India were ranked No.1 in the world until recently, but a 2-0 sweep at the hands of New Zealand on their recent tour of the country has taken them down a couple of spots to No.3. Citing New Zealand’s superlative home record, Hussain, in a Cricbuzz podcast, said: “In red ball cricket, there are so many boxes to be ticked. I think the way Kohli has driven India, you know their fitness, change in culture, and their winning mentality is all down to Kohli.

“But if you’re asking me who is my favourite, and one of the reasons you give, ambassador of the game… Kane Williamson is just, for the resources New Zealand have, their record at home… I mean India found out recently, England found out, their record at home is phenomenal.”

In white-ball cricket, Hussain didn’t look past recent World Cup winner Eoin Morgan, and based his choice on Morgan’s temperament.

“My best white-ball captain would be Eoin Morgan, not just because he won the World Cup, but he is calm, whenever there is chaos. White ball cricket is now chaos. The batsmen now smash everyone, everywhere. My favourite white-ball captain, the best white-ball captain would be Morgan.”

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