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Compton tag sits lightly on him

cricket Updated: Sep 23, 2011 01:58 IST
Debjeet Kundu
Debjeet Kundu
Hindustan Times
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No cricket enthusiast can ignore the pedigree of the grandson of Denis Compton, one of England's finest batsmen. But that doesn't put Somerset all-rounder Nick Compton under any pressure. “In fact, it's a pride that I love to carry,” he said when HT caught with him. “He (Denis) must have been proud seeing me play today.”

The South Africa-born all-rounder has quite a few memories of his grandfather to share. “He was once having his scotch and watching me bat against my dad in our garden. And he shouted from the balcony, 'Oh, hit that bloody ball'. That's something I'll remember for ever, that's how he uncomplicated the game for me,” he said.

“Wherever I went with him, I could see that he brought smiles on people's faces,” added Nick, whose first love was football. It was only natural, as Denis too played for Arsenal!

And though many are in awe of his family background, for the 28-year-old it's the CLT20 that's giving him a chance to meet people he is in awe of.

“I'm getting to meet Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar whom I have grown up idolising,” said Nick. “And then I also get to face the likes of Brett Lee. What more can you ask - this is as good as international cricket.”