He is a Madrassi who has rejected his origins.
He bears two names which stick out in recent British history of
lawless aggression. Anthony Eden attacked Gamal Abdul Nasser and
had to quit politics in disgrace. Saddam Hussain was attacked by
Tony Blair who, as a result, is now on the political skids. Soon
he will be history.
But Nasser Hussain is very much the Englishman.
He looks like an Englishman, speaks like one and thinks like one.
He lost his marbles over the recent defeat of England in the Third
Writing in the Mail he has said: It is time for
England to dump the nice guy act and start acting ruthless.”
Now this is very interesting because throughout the series no nice
guy act by English was visible to the naked eye. When Geraint Jones
was out, caught behind the wicket, and the umpire mistakenly said
‘not out’ Jones did not walk as a nice guy would have.
Australia’s Gilchrist once did this. There is no record of
an Englishman ever doing such a thing. They are not good walkers.
Nasser wants the English to start acting ‘ruthless’.
Now, what does he mean by this? Is he calling on the English to
play dirty, go in for heavy sledging and perhaps suborn umpires?
If not, what is the nature of the ruthlessness Nasser is advocating?
Nasser says: “Beware the smiling assassin.
Don’t make him feel welcome”. He refers to “the
question mark against his action which I’m afraid (read ‘I
very much hope’) will always be there.” Murali has been
cleared after several most stringent tests. But Nasser hopes to
keep the accusation alive for purposes of the ‘ruthless action’
he has in mind. How very English this ex-Madrassi has made himself!
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