If England cricket team has to take something positive from the ongoing Test series in India where they are no longer in a position to win the series, the 19-year old opening batsman Haseeb Hameed is surely going to be the one that remains at the top of the list.
However Hameed has to fly back home early due to a broken little finger that he sustained during the course of the Mohali Test – which means that he would no longer be featuring in the remaining games at Mumbai and Chennai. Despite in extreme pain, the youngster showed immense maturity and grit to come out to bat at eight and played with the lower order to score an unbeaten 59 in close to three hours’ vigil at the middle.
So as the cricketing world falls in awe with the wonder kid, let us take you through some ten unknown facets about this teenage sensation.
- Hameed’s father and coach Ismail migrated to England in 1969. Hameed was born at Bolton. Originally, they hailed from Umraj village in Gujarat. It was a coincidence that Hameed too made his Test debut at Rajkot which is some six hours drive from his ancestral home.
- The youngster’s debut in England’s sub-continental tour coincides with the wedding of his brother Nuaman which is scheduled to be taking place at their kin’s village. Hence, the Hameeds are scheduled to visit India this December. Both of his brothers, Nuaman and Safwwan, are also opening batsmen.
- He became the youngest ever English batsman to open for the country – breaking a 110-year old record of Jack Crawford who played 12 Tests for the Three Lions.
- Before breaking into the national side, the teenager had some impressive stints for the Lancashire second team and the national under-19 side in 2014. In 2015, Hameed was given his first cap for the Lancashire in English county. This season, the lanky opener scored over a thousand runs (broke the Lancashire-record of a young Mike Atherton) that fast-tracked his national call-up.
- Hameed scored 1198 runs from 27 innings this season in the domestic circuit averaging almost 50. Besides 4 centuries, he has also hammered 7 fifties.
- His resilience at the crease stands out as a comparison to the great former England batsman Geoff Boycott and is beyond his biological age – thus earning him the nickname of “Baby Boycott”.
- The right hander also became the only English batsman to score more than 100 Test runs with an average of over 40 before turning 20. That famous teenage list of England is also graced by Jack Crawford, Dennis Compton and Ben Hollioake.
- Coming to a teenage opener playing away from home, Hameed’s tally of 160 is sixth best after Hanif Mohammad (468), Kraigg Brathwaite (277), Shahid Afridi (233), Tamim Iqbal (230) and Hannan Sarkar (173). In terms of balls faced, he comes second to Brathwaite but the Englishman boasting of better balls faced per innings ratio.
- In matches in India, the Lancashire opener is the only non-Asian visiting teenager to score more than 200 runs and face more than 600 deliveries.
- He is the 674th player to represent England in Test cricket.