India were quite surprised when they found out that a 19-year-old had been selected to open the innings alongside England’s most capped player Alastair Cook on the first day of first test of the five-match series in Rajkot.
Little did they know that the youngster named Haseeb Hameed will be quite the talk of the town for the next few days.
He batted fluently in the first innings dealing the likes of Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja with ease but just as he looked set to get to a fifty he failed to read a carom ball from India’s star tweaker Ravichandran Ashwin. He was back in the pavilion after scoring a brisk 31.
He was much more assured in the second innings where he looked at the top of his game from the very first ball. Cover drives, some of his flicks off the wrist were a delight to watch as the commentators hailed him as the next big thing in English cricket. He finally was caught and bowled by Amit Mishra 18 runs away from a ton on debut.
Though Haseeb was born in Bolton, Lancashire he has his roots in India. His father hails from Umraj, a village in the state of Gujarat. He had moved to London in 1969. Things would have been so different if he had stayed back. Maybe, Hameed would have played for India someday.
In this article, however, we will look at five English cricketers who were actually born in India but later went onto play for the Three Lions.
#1 Douglas Jardine
Jardine was born on October 23rd, 1900 in Bombay, now Mumbai. He was one of the best captains that England ever had and was a leading amateur batsman during his time.
In 1932 Jardine led a Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side to Australia in what was perhaps the most controversial tour in the history of the game. England clinched four of the five Tests on the tour but their on-field methods had been the talk of the town then. W.Voce and H.Larwood who were the England pace spearheads exploited the leg-theory or what later came to be known as body-line bowling. They would hurl deliveries aimed at the body with a packed leg-side field to which the Australians had no answer.
After the series the Australian board wired strong words to the MCC telling them such tactics can harm the game itself. They also threatened to pull out of the tour in 1934. That very year the MCC issued a ruling banning bodyline.
Jardine, however, defended his tactics saying any harm caused were unintentional. During his 22 Test matches Jardine scored 1296 runs at an average of 48.00. He died aged 57, due to cancer.