Haseeb Hameed’s defiant innings could not save England from an eight-wicket rout in Mohali on Tuesday but it made his family feel proud and justifiably so.
A specialist opener, Hameed came in to bat at No. 8. He was nursing a finger injury, but came out to save England in a match that was thrown away by his batting colleagues. Effectively, he lived his father’s dream and with two fifties in six innings (average 43.80), the right-handed batsman did an impressive job.
Hameed’s family turned up at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium to watch their famous son defying India’s marauding bowlers.
Father Ismail was a proud man. “He is turning my dreams into reality. I knew he will make us proud but now that it’s happening, no words are enough to explain what we are experiencing.”
Ismail coached Hameed and his two other sons, Numan and Safuuaan in England. The family moved from Bharuch (Gujarat) to England in 1969 for better opportunities. Every run that Hameed scored today, was cheered by the entire family.
Haseeb Hameed’s 30-year-old brother Numan told Hindustan Times: “It was our father’s dream to see one of us playing for England one day. Me and my brother could not advance after the club level, but Hameed is making us and especially our father very proud.
“It is overwhelming to get congratulatory messages from everyone. We know he was in great pain, but still he came to bat and batted with gumption. It is like Id for us today.”
Kohli praises ‘intelligent’ Hameed
Even Indian captain Virat Kohli praised the 19-year-old who made his Test debut in the first Test at Rajkot.
“I wish Hameed a speedy recovery. He played exceptionally well. He showed great character while batting in difficult circumstances and in pain. The way he batted with the tail shows his understanding of the game and his strong will.
“I guess it is a natural process and the new guys are coming up well with better intelligence. He is a great prospect for England and a star in the making,” said Kohli.