Mumbai, Dec 9: Vidyadhar Paradkar had thought he would never miss a single day of the ongoing India-England Test match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
But Paradkar, under whom Ajinkya Rahane trained in his childhood days, lamented while talking over phone from Mumbai, “Yes, I had planned not to miss a single day of this Test match. But how could I know Haseeb Hameed would be ruled out of the series following injury? Simultaneously, I was very keen to watch Rahane as well. Unfortunately, he too has been ruled out of the Test match due to injury.”
England's sensational opening batsman Haseeb Hameed is Paradkar’s one of the favourite students and latter's relationship with Rahane is also for almost last twenty years. Rahane was under Paradkar’s careful observation for several years.
However, the experienced coach, commenting on England cricket's talent new kid on the block, Hameed said, “He is extremely generous. I have coached so many cricketers in last three decades. But the England batsman was the man to have shown a rare gesture before the start of this Test match.
"He came to Calcutta Gymkhana ground, to my academy to thank me. He told me, he had been successful only after having followed my advice. I was really thankful after watching his gesture.”
Hameed came to Paradkar only four years ago at the age of 15 years old. Paradkar could not imagine that his student would be able to break through and get into the senior England squad within next four years.
Paradkar said, “He was promising. Still I was not sure whether he would get into the senior team within such a short span.”
Paradkar added that his English student was hard working. Even after Hameed’s India visa had been cancelled for a couple of times, the batsman never gave up.
He took coaching tips from Paradkar through telephonic conversation for hours. Paradkar also used to send him video-links of batting techniques.
The coach said, “Hameed also used to send me the video link of his batting after having gone through my video tips. I am sure he will go a long way.”