When young Haseeb Hameed walked out to bat at number 9 in the 3rd Test match with a broken finger and a changed grip, one knew that this kid is here for the long haul. He has impressed one and all with his uncomplicated technique, and with his valiant effort in the second innings at Mohali, he gave a glimpse of his ability to withstand personal pain and put his body on the line for the team.
These virtues are not found every day, and after four years ever since the retirement of Andrew Strauss, England may well have found a jewel. The young boy who has learned all his tricks in Lancashire is already drawing comparisons with Geoffrey Boycott and after his impressive performances in India, it is now clear that these comparisons were not misplaced.
Here is why young Hameed can be the next Boycott, albeit a more flamboyant one.
There is only so much a batsman could do with technique, but if the temperament is dodgy, the journey could be scarred with plenty of shortcomings.
An unflappable temperament is imperative to succeed at the highest level and Hameed has shown that he refuses to be broken down when confronted with adversity.
He puts a big price on his wicket, and this is where he gives so much to the opposition to think about. People who have watched Boycott play will vouch for the fact that Hameed too plays in a bubble and shuts out any distractions and has his eyes set on the job at all times.
A great virtue to have indeed!