Promising England opener Haseeb Hameed, who scored 219 runs in three Tests against India at an average of 43.80 following his debut at Rajkot, has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing series with a broken finger. The 19-year-old attracted quite a few eyeballs, following his gutsy knocks in the first Test at Rajkot and in the second innings at Mohali, where he scored a fighting 59 not out, batting with a broken finger.
The youngster suffered a blow in the little finger of his left hand when an Umesh Yadav delivery hit him there on Day One and it caused his dismissal. Hameed did not come out to field on Day Two and went for a scan. The report revealed, that he had suffered a fractured finger.
In England’s second essay with the bat, Hameed was not able to open the innings. He came out to bat at number eight and battled it out for 156 balls for his unbeaten 59.
England skipper Alastair Cook confirmed that Hameed will be sent back home and the team management will ask for a replacement ahead of the fourth Test in Mumbai, which starts on November 8. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been quite impressed with the fighting skills of this teenagers, has wished him a speedy recovery.
With the eight-wicket victory at Mohali, India now lead the five-Test series 2-0 with two more Tests to go.
Originally published at cricwizz.com