England’s brand-new No.67 Shoaib Bashir had a launching to keep in mind on the first day of the 2nd Test versus India.
India won the toss and chosen to bat initially in Visakhapatnam, scoring 336/6 as Yashasvi Jaiswal starred with an unbeaten 179.
20-year-old spinner Bashir was the choice of the England bowlers, even if his t-shirt number does not shout ‘star gamer’.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Bashir discussed why he used No.67 on his wedding day.
“The factor, is that 13 is my preferred number and with the Lions they couldn’t provide me 13,” he stated.
“So I chose 67 [because] 6 plus 7 equates to 13.”
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Bashir took 2 wickets on Friday and made India captain Rohit Sharma his very first victim in Test cricket.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the debutant stated: “If you were to inform me that 2 years earlier, I would laugh.
“But yeah, it was an extremely unique minute getting my Test Cap. For me to get Rohit Sharma as my very first wicket was really, really unique.
“He’s a fantastic gamer of spin too. Yeah, I simply look so grateful to God and my household. They’ve supported me through thick and thin.
“I had a lot of ups and downs in my journey. So yeah, I just want to thank them as well.”
Bashir likewise took the wicket of Axar Patel and completed the day with figures of 2/100 in 28 overs – bowling 10 overs more than anybody else.
When inquired about his well-documented visa problems before the very first Test, Bashir was eager to carry on from the legend.
“I always knew I’d get the visa,” he stated. “I did have a couple of problems with it, however appearance, we’re here now.
“I got to make my debut on a special day, so yeah. I had a bit of trouble, a bit of hassle with it. But to come out to India now and make my Test debut is just unbelievable.”
The off-spinner likewise exposed that he just learnt about his Test launching the other day before existing his very first cap by friend Jack Leach.
He stated: “I learnt at training the other day. We got to training and Stokesy and Baz came near me and offered me a pat on the back stating you’ll get your cap tomorrow.
“Yeah, it was just such a surreal moment.”
Bashir continued: “[Leach] had some great words to state. Me and him got on actually well. We’re really tight.
“And he’s the one that saw me on the scene when I was betting Somerset Twos. He was simply speaking about how happy everybody is of me and household and my journey.
“It was just so special receiving it from him as well.”
Bashir’s absence of experience on the Test scene was recorded by his response to Jaiswal’s amazing knock.
“This is the first time I’ve really seen someone bat for quite long,” he joked.
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