Haseeb Hameed thanked India captain Virat Kohli as he hopes to regain his place in England’s Test team. Virat Kohli had called him a “future star” when he toured India with England. He played three Tests scoring 219 runs averaging 43.8 in November 2016 in India but hasn’t played a Test since then.
The 23-year-old batsman played 68 first-class matches scoring 3179 runs averaging 31.16 and moved to Nottinghamshire in 2020 after playing for Lancashire in 2015 to 2019.
Haseeb Hameed Paid Tribute To Virat Kohli For Inspiring Revival
Haseeb Hameed paid tribute to Virat Kohli, Indian skipper in Tests and limited-overs for inspiring a revival that the England top-order batsman hopes will see him regain his Test place.
Haseeb Hameed signed a new contract with English county side Nottinghamshire on Thursday that is set to retain him with the Midlands club until the end of the 2022 season. He scored three half-centuries in five Bob Willis Trophy matches representing Nottinghamshire after moving to Trent Bridge from his native Lancashire at the end of last season when it looked like curtains over as his once-promising career might be cut short.
Bolton-born Haseeb Hameed left Old Trafford just three years after impressing and making debut for England in India. But the runs dried up to such an extent that in 2018 his average failed to reach double figures.
A change of scene, however, means Haseeb Hameed, is now looking to add to his three Test caps.
“Having got a taste of it very young and then those experiences that followed, it has been an absolute rollercoaster but that ambition is still there,” Hameed said of an England recall.
“I am 23, I will be 24 in a couple of months but I still see myself hopefully playing this game I love for another 12 to 13 years, if not longer.”
Haseeb Hameed marked his Test debut aged just 19 by making a memorable 82 in the second innings against India at Rajkot- which was his first half-century.
He was even nicknamed ‘Baby Boycott’ in honour of England opening great Geoffrey Boycott for his concentration and technique with the bat in hand.
Haseeb Hameed: Virat Kohli’s Words Of ‘Future Star’ Gave Confidence And Served As Massive Inspiration
Virat Kohli then labelled Haseeb Hameed a “future star” after he made an unbeaten 59-his second on tour in test series with a broken finger in Mohali. But the injury led to a dramatic dip in form that saw Haseeb Hameed playing for Lancashire’s second XI.
Virat Kohli’s words, however, inspired and kept Haseeb Hameed going.
“Obviously for someone like Virat to say that does give you a lot of confidence and he is a massive inspiration for me as it is,” Hameed said.
“I think he is a great inspiration for people to look at and see what you can achieve if you put your mind to it and have a bit of discipline.”
As for his own “mental resilience”, Hameed added: “I have something deep down that won’t let me stop.”
While he would have never contemplated “waking away from the game”, Haseeb Hameed said he had doubts.
“That is when you need something within you, deep down to stop you from giving in and to try one more time and to keep doing that,” he said.
Haseeb Hameed became the youngest debutant to open for England in a Test match, when he played in the first Test against India at Rajkot on 9 November 2016.
On 12 November 2016, the fourth day of the first Test, Haseeb Hameed scored his maiden Test half-century, becoming the third-youngest England batsman to reach 50 runs. In the third test, he broke his finger in his 1st innings dismissal but still went on to score an unbeaten half-century batting, below his usual opening position, at number 8 in the second innings,