How Virat Kohli inspired England’s teenage genius Haseeb Hameed

first_imgEngland opener Haseeb Hameed’s India tour may be over but the 19-year-old leaves the country after having earned the respect of his team-mates, coach and also the opposition.Hameed will miss the rest of the series against India due to a hand injury after making an impressive start to his Test career. (England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)The young right-hander, who scored a defiant unbeaten 59 on Monday batting down the order in the second innings of the third Test in Mohali, will return home to get a plate inserted in his hand.Hameed made nine runs in the first innings before he was struck on his left hand by an Umesh Yadav delivery and could not field in the match which India won to go 2-0 up in the five-Test series. However, Haseeb came out to bat at number eight and frustrated the Indian bowlers despite clearly being in pain.Hameed, who made 82 on his debut in the first Test in Rajkot, had to alter his grip to be able to bat, winning plaudits from Alastair Cook and India captain Virat Kohli.Cook described it as “a very special knock” while Kohli was also impressed. (Keaton Jennings, Liam Dawson join England squad as replacements)”I wish him a speedy recovery. He showed great character for a 19-year-old at this level. He put his hand up when his team wanted him to do it.The way he played with James Anderson in the end showed great maturity, to play with tail like that. He knew exactly what he wanted to do,” Kohli said.advertisement”You can sense it as a captain, this guy is intelligent and knows the game. He is a great prospect for England and definitely going to be a future star in all forms if he keeps persisting with his skill,” Kohli added.Soon after the match ended, Kohli was seen spending some time with Hameed.Inspiring generation next. Young @HaseebHameed97 is all ears to #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Overall, Hameed scored 219 runs in the series at an average of 43.8 to stake a strong claim to be Cook’s long-term opening partner.last_img

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