English teenage sensation Haseeb Hameed, who impressed one and all with his resilience and fortitude in the first three Tests against India, is set to fly back home with a finger injury.
England Cricket Board’s official Twitter handler confirmed the news on social networking platform and quoted that “Haseeb Hameed will fly back to UK in the next few days to have a plate put in his injured finger.”
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 2016
Hameed sustained this injury on the first day of the third Test at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, where he was hit by a bouncer and an X-Ray was taken Monday evening. The officials of the England team remained tight lipped about the incident and have decided to remain silent in the last few days.
But after their medical department confirmed that he will no longer be able to take part in the series, Hameed didn’t open the batting alongside skipper Alastair Cook. Yet, when he found his team was in a tough situation, he came out to bat at number 7 and scored an outstanding half-century.
The best part of his batting was his defense, which at this moment seems impeccable. With a broken finger, the 19 year old scored 59 off 146 balls and stayed at the crease for 2 hours and 56 minutes. All his valiant efforts got the appreciation, but not the end result which he was fighting for, as India triumphed by 8 wickets after chasing down a below-par 103 run target in no time.
“Haseeb came in with his hand injury and showed great bravery to do that, and he batted very well,” said Alastair Cook. “We have a few days off, and we can go our separate ways for a while. Hameed has to go home and get a plate in his hand. It’s pretty bad, but to bat like he did was brilliant. It’s a big loss.”
The youngster has had a dream start to his international career with 2 priceless half-centuries and he faced 640 balls in the series thus far, more than any other English batsmen. Yes, England will be mightily disappointed with his loss, but it will be interesting to see what kind of alternative they can find, with India leading the series by 2-0.