Haseeb Hameed Stuns in Cricket Debut

Teenager gets half-century in first test match against India

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Haseeb Hameed Credit: Indranil Mukherjee

Teenager wonderboy Haseeb Hameed has hit an unprecedented half-century on his debut for England in the England v India test.

It was the first test against India and saw England rack up 537 in the first foray. In the second innings, England pulled ahead and ended with 114-0, 163 runs ahead.

Hameed was on fire, the nineteen-year-old hit five fours and a six at the wicket. Ashley Giles, Lancashire’s director of cricket, said: It’s great for England and they seem to have found a partner for Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

“[Hameed] looked almost like a senior partner opening the batting and it is great to see him enjoying it. And it’s fantastic for him to get that 50.

“It’s probably accelerated a bit quicker than any of us could have thought. They call him the ‘Baby Boycott’ because he has all the shots and he can play them all.

“People are all already talking about him already that he is going to be around for 10 to 15 years and we all hope he is.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid spoke highly of the newbie, calling Hameed a “great talent” that worked hard in the nets and showed promise in spin bowling. Rashid himself was applauded as the best bowler, bowling out India for 488 in the first inning.

Concern is high for England after the team suffered its first ever Test defeat at the hands of Bangladesh, with many blaming a high number of inexperienced players. Perhaps if some of Hameed’s debut luck rubs off on the rest of the team, it could see them make it through to the next matches, with three more sessions still to go.

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