Observations & meditations on the day-to-day
Hameed shows his class in last act of tour.
Haseeb Hameed is the first English Batsman to score two Test half centuries before the age of 20.
As Haseeb Hameed continues to wow the world of cricket by being only the second teenager to make his debut for England since 1948 (he made 31 and 82 in his maiden appearance in India and remained unbeaten on 59 today despite batting with a broken finger), it is worth giving some thought to what it takes. A story in The Times a couple of weeks ago said it all. It spoke of how John Hutchinson, a coach at a Cricket Club in Bolton, saw Hameed and his father in the middle of winter clear some snow in a corner of a park and begin to practice. Now cricket just isn’t played in the winter – and with good reason: the snow and the wet ground makes it impossible to get a ball to bounce properly. It would have been the easiest thing in the world for Hameed to give up on practice that day because of the weather and not feel the slightest tinge of guilt. But Hameed and his father didn’t do that. They lugged all their equipment to the park and set about practising in the snow. That’s what it takes. That’s what it really takes.