Over the years, England had players of Indian-origin in the cricket squad, like Nasser Hussain, one of England’s finest batsmen, who went on to become the Test captain. He was followed by Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara, Mark Ramprakash and Monty Panesar. The latest in that list is Haseeb Hameed, the 19-year-old batting sensation who has been included in the England squad for the five-Test series in India starting in Rajkot on November 9, 2016.
Hameed, whose parents hail from Bharuch district in Gujarat, is touted as a future star. Hameed has had a stunning breakthrough season for Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship, smashing over 1,000 first-class runs in the 2016 domestic season. He became the youngest batsman to achieve that feat for Lancashire and the fifth youngest to score 1,000 runs in a county season. If successful, he could be the answer to England’s opening woes (a solid partner to Alastair Cook).
According to the cricket analysts – He may still be a teenager, but he is a throwback to the golden age of cricket. He loves batting, prizes his wicket and has mellowness beyond his years. In England, he has been compared to the British great, Geoff Boycott. Hameed has also revealed his idol to be the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
by Ashwani Srivastava