Haseeb Hameed to undergo scans after the end of Mohali Test
Published - Nov 27, 2016 7:19 am | Updated - Nov 27, 2016 1:31 pm
England’s newest batting sensation, 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed has inflicted a small injury to his left hand and is supposed to go a x-ray after the end of the ongoing third Test at the PCA, Stadium, Mohali. The injury doesn’t seem to be serious.
“Haseeb Hameed is off the field with a sore little finger on left hand after taking a blow when he was out, likely to go for the x-ray at end of Test.”
Hameed has been very impressive in the series so far with scores of 31, 83, 13 and 25 in his last four Test innings against India. Although he is yet to make a huge impact in the series, the right-hander hasn’t failed to impress the cricketing fraternity with his technique and temperament. He seems to have become an apt solution for England’s search for Cook’s partner as an opener in the Test format.
England head coach Trevor Bayliss praised the young batsman very highly after the of the second Test at Vizag stating that Hameed has perhaps made the most composed debut since the arrival of Joe Root in Nagpur four years ago.
The 53-year-old has even compared the 19-year-old’s obsession with batting – even just holding the bat – to that of one of his most decorated former players, Kumar Sangakkara.
Bayliss said: “He’s one of those batters, a little bit like a Sangakkara, who just loves batting – whether it’s in the nets, having throwdowns or with a tennis ball in the changing room. He just loves to have a bat in his hand.
His typical Test cricketer’s batting approach has also grabbed the attention Ian Bell. Bell, who last represented England in 2015 showed his admiration for Haseeb Hameed and claimed that the board needed to be careful with him. “He looks like a Test cricketer,” he said during an interview with BBC.
“He’s more of an old school player than your modern breed – very well organised. You need this type of cricketer, who can get in his bubble and bat through long periods,” he added.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) 27 November 2016