Mushtaq a true great - Adams

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Mushtaq Ahmed, Chris Adams & Carl Hopkinson

Mushtaq Ahmed's faith played a huge part in his and Sussex's success © Getty Images

Sussex captain Chris Adams claimed he would not swap Mushtaq Ahmed for any other spinner after the Pakistani's starring role in securing a second County Championship title in four years.

Mushtaq took 9-48 in the second innings, giving him match figures of 13-108 as he passed 100 wickets for the season and condemned Nottinghamshire to an innings defeat at Trent Bridge.

It was the second time he has reached three figures, having achieved the feat during Sussex’s title triumph in 2003.

Adams said: “(Shane) Warne is brilliant. (Muttiah) Muralitharan is brilliant. But I’m happier with Mushy.

“He’s found a home in England. That home is Sussex, and he’s a true great.”

Adams was anything but flippant when he spoke of his team’s respect for the Islamic faith so important to Mushtaq and his compatriots.

Chris Adams & Mushtaq Ahmed

Chris Adams and Mushtaq enjoy Sussex's triumph

“I wasn’t joking when I said we all have to thank Allah - because Allah plays a big part in the success at Sussex,” said Adams.

“We’ve had three Pakistan players now who have been absolutely incredible and genuinely use their faith on a cricket pitch.

“It helps us immensely - it really does.”

Mushtaq himself claimed he had few doubts he would take the 11 wickets required in this match to give him 100 for the season.

“I had the belief that if I could get 13 wickets against Kent - why not this game as well?” he said.

“That belief drove me through, the goals in my mind even when it got tough.”

That rarely appeared to happen during a game which Sussex dominated almost from the start, although Mushtaq emphasised that the championship rather than personal achievement was his ambition, even when he had a chance of taking all 10 wickets in the second innings.

“Individual performances don’t exist if we don’t win things. Everything is a team effort,” he said.

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