Tip: Adil Rashid, England

We tried to stay measured. We tried to hold back. We tried not to get overenthusiastic. We tried not to make ludicrous pronouncements. We failed.

Adil Rashid will take 300 Test wickets for England. Adil Rashid will hit 3,000 Test runs for England. Adil Rashid is officially one of our heroes, even though he's a decade younger than us and we haven't yet seen him play. He's a leg-spinning all-rounder and he's 18. We don't have the resilience to stand up to that.

Last month Adil Rashid made a splash by being a Yorkshire-born player of Asian origin who played a match for Yorkshire. That really shouldn't be news: A Yorkshireman playing for Yorkshire. It's a very sad fact that this was news. However, he took 6-67 in a match-winning performance against Warwickshire and that really was news.

In the current under-19 international between England and India, Rashid hit 114 batting at six (15 fours, three sixes) and followed that up by taking 8-157. The man/lad/boy's above this standard of cricket. He's the next Andrew Flintoff.

We haven't gone overboard, have we?

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very important fthat we fast track him into the Test team as soon as possible then when he fails, drop him and crush his confidence.

It's the English way.

8:41 am  
Blogger Blue and Brown said...

Hopefully Yorkshire will get an overseas spinner and never pick him. Or they could remodel his action a la James Anderson.

The possibilities are endless.

9:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He might still get in as a batsman. I recommend we pick him for the Ashes and make him bat left handed.

12:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I played with him when he was 14/15 - cricket that is - he has real potential! taking 10 wickets in a senior match innings!! now thats impressive.

10:48 am  

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