Having seen the admirable all-rounder lead Worcestershire County Cricket Club to the Vitality T20 Blast title, former England captain Nasser Hussain has hailed Moeen Ali as an "outstanding individual" and said that he should be proud of his exploits and commitment for his team on a big day.
Moeen played a perfect captain's role, as he scored 41 each against Lancashire and Sussex in the final and also had figures of 5/46 across his eight overs. He basically continued from where he left against India in the Test series.
"If you want an England player to come back and do his job, Moeen is your man, He does it every time, whether it's in a relegation battle or on days like this. He gives as much energy for Worcestershire as he does for England." Nasser was quoted saying on Sky Sports, "What an outstanding individual Moeen is. I know this is a team performance, I know it's about Cox and Brown, but it's led from the front by one individual in Ali. We should be very proud of him."
"He does not bluff, he does not make any excuses and I think that's why he is a good leader of men. If your top man behaves like that, no one else in the team can make excuses," he added.
Reflecting on the club's pleasantly surprising victory this season, Nasser felt that it is working really hard on each and every aspect of the game which eventually paid off huge dividends.
"No one gave them a chance, to be honest, Everyone wrote them off, youngest side here, missing two or three superstars. But this tournament is not like the IPL or even the Big Bash. You can't throw money at this tournament and just win it." he said and added, "You build team spirit, think Leicester, think Northants, now Worcester. You build that, get some young guns and a couple of gems, you can win our tournament. Worcestershire have been quite brilliant and they produce their own cricketers, too"