After the completion of the third Test match at Mohali, BCCI tweeted an image of young batsman Haseeb Hameed talking with Indin skipper Virat Kohli, the image was viral in the media circles. It was clearly seen that Virat Kohli is giving some tips to the heartbreak batsman Haseeb Hameed, who was ruled out of Test series the same day. After a matter of more than a week, Hameed revealed the lessons from Kohli as he said, “First and foremost, I am extremely grateful for his time. He is the most sought after man in India if not world cricket. So, to spend time with him after the game was great. It is simply that I appreciate a lot. And one thing that stood out for me was that he plays hard on the field. Which is absolutely how he should be that I see it. Of course, you want to give your all on the field and leave it all there and he does that exactly. He drags along his team with himself which makes him such a good leader.
“Off the field, he is such a humble and sincere guy, down to earth. We spoke a lot about his mindset and what makes him so successful. The message that he gave to me was how positive he is in his thinking. That conversation would help me throughout my career,” Hameed told DNA.
Hameed further credited his family and especially his dad for all the things he has achieved in his life and said, “I think the reason why people mention my age is, of course, I am quite young – 19, so I think most, if not all, the credit should go to my family for the qualities that they have instilled in me from a young age. I think a lot of that goes down to my dad especially. He has always brought us up to be tough. I remember him telling me from a young age that you can’t be a cricketer until you see blood on your face. He was brought up in days when he had no helmet and still faced very quick bowlers. I had to cope.
Further talking about the hardships and injuries he added, “You have got to be mentally tough to react. And if I am perfectly honest, the injury which actually I took in the second Test match in the second innings when I got hit of Mohammad Shami, I think most of the damage was done then (smiles). I knew that it is going to be challenging in the third Test. Again hit in the third Test wasn’t ideal, I just had to find the way. The best way to find out was to make few visits the nets, take the mind away from the finger, try and focus what I can do, give it my best shot which came in the last innings”.
Hameed looked in a great touch in the first three Test matches of the series befoe he was injured by a furious bowl from Umesh Yadav. It went on to hit his hand and the impact was such that it carried to the slip cordon. The blow was enough to rule him out of the series but a brave man batted in the second innings as well and scored 59* runs bearing a great pain. He made India bat in the second innings as well. However, while batting, he knew that he have been ruled out of the Test series. Tody, he marked his presence in as he was supporting his mates from the stand.
Today, he marked his presence during the game and showed his support for his team from the stands. He saw Keaton Jennings, his replacement in the squad scoring a century on his Test debut.