Hameed reflects on centuries against Yorkshire
After a week in which he became the first Lancashire batsman to score two hundreds in a Roses match in addition to breaking a string of other records, Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed admitted that the impact of his achievements in one of English cricket’s most prestigious fixtures had not yet sunk in.
Hameed made 114 and 100 not out against Yorkshire, scoring his last 70 runs in the second innings off just 66 balls as Lancashire pressed for a declaration in a game that was eventually drawn.
And during that same innings the 19-year-old Boltonian also became the first English-born batsman to reach a thousand first-class runs and the fifth-youngest ever to do so.
“It’s a special moment and maybe it hasn’t sunk in quite yet but over the years it will bring back fond memories of this game,” he said. “The way the game is going at the moment you have to be adaptable and the situation on the final morning called for us to be positive and set up a game.
“A thousand runs is the achievement every batsman looks for at the beginning the season and I’m happy to have achieved that but I just need to stay hungry for the last four games now and take every single opportunity that come my way.
Hameed’s rapid progress was also hailed by Lancashire’s director of cricket, Ashley Giles, who had predicted earlier in the season that Hameed would play for England within four years.
“Yes, he’s getting far too good too quickly isn’t he?” Giles joked. “My four-year timescale for him playing for England is going out of the window. He’s an exceptional young player with a great temperament.
“He’s played 16 games, he’s averaging 55 in first-class cricket and we’re just lucky to have him. He keeps working hard and he’s going to have a very bright future.
“He also has a very mature attitude. With some players you get frustrated because you’re seeing behaviours or the attitude you want to see and we’ve not had that with Has at all.
Giles also identified Hameed’s family as an important element in his development as a cricketer who will never let his accomplishments prevent him keeping his feet on the ground.
“He’s clearly had a very good upbringing, a very supportive family and he’s worked incredibly hard. You mustn’t underestimate that inner drive he has to be successful. I’ve sat in contract meetings with him and his family and there’s only one way he’s going.
“And why would you want to do anything else but play cricket when you can bat like that? We will keep talking him up as we have all year but it looks like he has a very good future.”
The Roses match also saw Hameed take a stunning catch at short leg to get rid of Adil Rashid and Giles revealed that the player’s remarkable work ethic extends to his fielding.
“With a young player you stick him in at short leg and most of the time, he’s facing the wrong direction because he’s not very good and he’s a bit scared and that’s what you are when you go in at short leg.
“But you look at Has now and he’s got better and better and suddenly he’s a very good short leg but at the same time he can field in the slips. He’ll probably go home tonight and have a few throwdowns in the back garden.
“Perhaps the modern world doesn’t breed students of the game but he is a student of the game. He just loves it, he just wants to play and it’s all good stuff.”