Haseeb Hameed and Jayant Yadav Stars in Making?
Few would disagree that Haseeb Hameed and Jayant Yadav are the finds of the ongoing test series between India and England. Times and cricket have changed for the better in the past few years. When international stars like Sachin Tendulkar or Glenn McGrath retired few sceptics were worried about the future of cricket. But the likes of Haseeb Hameed and Jayant Yadav reinstate our hope for the gentleman’s game.
Both Haseeb Hameed and Jayant Yadav have exhibited rare maturity and application on the biggest of cricketing stages. Know more about these cricket prodigies right here.
Haseeb Hameed was born in 1997 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He surpassed many milestones like the England Under-15 team or England Under-19 team to earn a call in the English test squad for the tour of Bangladesh. But Haseeb Hameed finally, got his big break versus India at Rajkot, Gujarat. His technique and temperament in the ongoing Test series against India have found admirers in both teams.
He exhibited a rare class and maturity in his innings. He scored 31 and 82 in each of the innings but there were already signs of a star-in-the-making.
The exit of Andrew Strauss had caused some instability in English batting order. Also, Alex Hales had pulled out of the English cricket this season which paved way for young Haseeb Hameed to make his mark.
Curiously, his family had migrated from the state of Gujarat to England way back in 1969. His father nurtured an ambition to see one of his sons (out of three) play for England. Haseeb Hameed is the youngest of these three!
Destiny brought him to his roots in Gujarat to make an impression before the cricketing world! And he more than made his mark. Most importantly, he seems to have ended a long search for a suitable opening batsman who could partner captain Alistair Cook.
Not only his English teammates but even the Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, praised Haseeb Hameed for his batting. After being hit on his finger during the first innings of the third test at Mohali, Hameed’s promising first series came to an abrupt end.
But his striking ability, composure and persistence has already made him one of the most talked about prodigies of cricket. What’s more is that he is a good learner and receptive to wisdom from cricket seniors. His inclination to talk and learn more from other cricketers like Virat Kohli, Alistair Cook or Rahul Dravid shows right attitude and approach.
You know while seeing Haseeb Hameed bat that the future of cricket is in good hands!
Jayant Yadav is one of those prodigies who seem to be destined to make their mark. A remarkable will to perform and a temperament of a seasoned player right from debut is what makes Jayant Yadav stand tall among all recent entries.
The 26-year-old off spinner earned his test cap for the 3rd match agianst England in Vishakapatnam. Jayant Yadav was born in Delhi and has been playing first class cricket for Haryana. His most notable domestic achievements were 6 wicket haul on debut and a double century in record eighth wicket partnership stand.
Jayant Yadav’s outstanding performances for India A team also helped his career enormously. He picked up 14 wickets in three matches against Bangladesh and South Africa. He also proved more than handy with the bat.
Jayant Yadav’s success in domestic cricket is not exactly unparalleled. His ability to rise to the occasion and fast rate of growth is what makes him a great pick. He has good bowling figures in the ongoing tests. To top it he is a brilliant fielder and one of the potential great lower order batsman for India.
He batted defiantly resisting short balls and played some masterly strokes which are a rarity for lower order batsman. Adding his temperament to his all-round performance we get a player already showing signs of greatness!
There are players with great talent and there are players with decent talent but great ability to perform when it matters. Jayant Yadav is definitely the latter one. Players like Jayant are not only a good sign for Indian cricket but also for world cricket!