‘I would pay to watch Saeed Anwar bat’ says former England captain


Karachi: Former England captain Naseer Hussain has picked former Pakistan opening batsman Saeed Anwar among the top four batsmen he would pay to watch.

Saeed, a stylish left-handed batsman of his time who scored 12876 runs in his 14-year career which also included 31 centuries across all formats.

The other three cricketers include current Indian team skipper Virat Kohli, former West Indies captain Brian Lara and his own countrymen David Gower.

“In terms of being easy on the eye, Saeed Anwar had an elegance and grace through the off-side,” Naseer said in an online British newspaper.

“Lara’s high back-lift helped him generate power in his strokes and also depicted the Caribbean flair,” he said about Lara, the only batsman to have an individual score of 400 in Test cricket.

“Most importantly, he thrives under pressure in run-chases and has the potential to chase down any score in the ODI format,” he said on Kohli, who has 70 centuries under his belt across all formats.

“My childhood hero was David Gower. I remember an early game against Leicestershire and I was at the cover-point as he leaned on one leg and before I could move, hit the boundary boards behind me. Everything I had admired of him was there in front of my eyes,” he added.

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