‘I listen to what my Dad says first’ – Mohammad Nabi’s son Hassan Khan following his father’s footsteps in cricket
Hassan impressed recently with an unbeaten 71 off 30 for Bukhatir XI in what was his first appearance in Men's cricket.
Updated - May 12, 2021 12:28 pm
Afghanistan cricketer Mohammad Nabi is at the fag end of his illustrious career. He is at the forefront of Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket and has done a lot for the country in this sport. The all-rounder has already retired from Test cricket but is active in the other two formats and features in the T20 leagues across the world as well.
Meanwhile, a younger Nabi is already impressing many in the fraternity with his batting and power-hitting exactly like his father. Hassan Khan is currently training at the Sharjah Academy and in his first crack at Men’s cricket, the 16-year-old impressed with the bat. Playing for Bukhatir XI, he smacked 71 off just 30 balls including seven sixes to show off his skills.
Speaking of his interest in the sport, Hassan recalls the time when he started liking cricket after watching Mohammad Nabi, his father, play on TV. He also wishes to follow Nabi’s footsteps and play for his country. “My first memories of cricket are of watching my dad playing on the TV. It makes me feel proud, seeing him and knowing what he has done in cricket, and knowing that my father is a very well-known person in international circles.
“I don’t feel pressure because of it. I want to follow in his footsteps and play for Afghanistan,” Hassan Khan said according to The New Nationals.
Hassan only believes in his dad’s coaching
Though Hassan Khan is training at the Sharjah Academy, his only coach seems to be his father. Even if any other coach gives him any kind of advice, he only follows it after consulting Mohammad Nabi. “I listen to what my dad says first. If another coach gives me some advice, I always verify it with him. I share the advice with him and if he says it is a good thing to do, that’s what I’ll do,” Hassan further added.
The youngster is also developing his skills under some shrewd coaches including Kashif Daud, the all-rounder who made his debut for UAE earlier this year. Daud is already impressed with Hassan and reckons he is the one to watch out for in future. “I think he is highly talented. He is blessed with a naturally strong physique. He is a natural athlete with good agility when he is fielding. He is quick on his feet and it is the same with his batting.
“I feel like he has a great future ahead of him, if he remains focused. I wish him good luck, and pray that the bright future is coming for him,” Kashif said.