Even England batting coach "amazed" by Haseeb Hameed's rapid development into a Test opener

Haseeb Hameed has made such a startling success of his first foray into international cricket that even his own England coaches are surprised at how well he is doing, writes Dean Wilson in Candigarh. Any hope of keeping his talent under wraps and shielding him from high expectations have long since been thrown out of the window as he continues to impress on a daily basis. And even those who have seen him develop over the last few years have been surprised at how 19-year-old Hameed has managed to handle things so far. It is one thing being able to play the game and treat Test cricket as y

ou would a county match, still being able to produce the skills that got you picked in the first place. Hameed began the season unsure of his Lancashire place, but ends it opening for England (Image: Getty) But it is quite another to cope with the intense scrutiny that comes with wearing the three lions, the increased pressure and expectation, as well as the environment alongside men you once idolised. India skipper Virat Kohli has admitted how in awe of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly he was when he first walked into the dressing-room. Hameed though has already become a fully

fledged part of the furniture after just two matches and by batting for long periods in both has shown why age is never a barrier when matched with t

alent. Two matches into his Test career, Hameed already looks like a keeper (Image: Reuters) “I’ve bee

n amazed at how quickly it has all happened,” said batting coach Mark Ramprakash ahead of the third Test, which starts in Mohali on Saturday. “From opening the batting for Lancashire at the start of the season and looking upon himself as a guy who was playing for his place in Division One, he knew it was going to be tough and his miss

ion was just to hang around and he’s grown so quickly, become so assured. “I saw Has three years ago and he stood out in a group of Under-17s. Rem2020第O53期买什么生肖 inded me a lot of Michael Atherton – presented the full face, very well balanced, very orthodox, just stood out. England batting coach Ramprakash sees a lot of Michael Atherton in the 19-year-old (Image: Action Images) “I have been surprised at, for his age, his maturity, the way he talks about the game, the way he’s handled the environment – the media, the crowds, and being in the England dressing-ro

om. “Walking out with Alastair Cook, he’s handled it all and the second innings at Rajkot you really saw a high-quality player.” Hameed’s job at the weekend will just be to keep batting for long periods of time and wear down

the opposition bowlers to allow the stroke-makers to cash in later on. Even the daunting challenge of opening with skipper Cook hasnt flustered Hameed (Image: Reuters) It is a simple gameplan, but one that needs to work so England might spring a surprise on the home favourites before it is too late. * INDIA wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has suffered a thigh injury and will be replaced for the third Test by Parthiv Patel. poll loadingWill England win the India Test series from 1-0 down with three to play?0+ VOTES SO FARYESNO