London: Haseeb Hameed paid tribute to India captain Virat Kohli on the hope that England’s top-order batsman will regain his Test spot.
Hamid signed a new contract with English county team Nottinghamshire on Thursday and is set to keep him with the Midlands club until the end of the 2022 season.
He scored three fifties in five Bob Willis Trophy appearances for Nottinghamshire after moving to Trent Bridge from his native Lancashire at the end of last season, which seems to shorten a promising career.
Bolidon-based Hamid left Old Trafford just three years after he made his England debut in England. But the run was so dry that they failed to reach their average two figures in 2018.
However, a change of scenery means that Hamid is now looking to add his three test caps.
“After getting a taste of it very short, and the aftermath of it, it’s a complete roller coaster but that ambition is still there,” Hamid said of the England recall.
“My age is 23, I’ll be 24 in a couple months but hopefully still playing this game I love for 12 to 13 years, if not more.”
Hamid, just 19 years old, made his Test debut in Rajkot by scoring 82 in the second innings against India.
His concentration and correct tactics earned him the nickname ‘Baby Boycott’ in honor of England’s early Geoffrey boycott.
Kohli named Hameed a “future star” after scoring an unbeaten 59 in Mohul’s broken finger.
But the injury caused a dramatic sinking that saw Hamid play for Lancashire’s second XI.
However, Kohli’s words helped Hamid to continue.
“Telling someone like Virat gives you a lot of confidence and they are a huge inspiration to me,” Hamid said.
“I think it’s a great motivation for people to pay attention to your mind and see what you can accomplish if you have a little discipline.”
Regarding his own “mental resilience”, Hamid added: “I have something deep inside that won’t let me stop.”
While he was never thinking of “getting away from the game,” Hamid said he had doubts.
“When it needs something within you, stop giving yourself up and try again and go deeper into it,” he said.


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