A 16-Year Old Playing Test Cricket For Pakistan v. Australia, Naseem Shah, Is Pretty Astounding.
Yes, of course, as the top image attests, there have been younger cricketers — some of them that went onto become rather famous, and Mushtaq Mohammed was the granddaddy of them all. I had forgotten that Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year old. Wow.
I can kind of recall what I was like at 16.
Of course, all these folks are exceptional, prodigies with prodigious talent. But, learning that he was 16 when he came out to bat, and was facing Mitchell Starc (29), in all of fury and glory, was quite mind-blowing and humbling. Cricket is NOT what it used to be — even a decade ago, let alone 1959 when Mushtaq Mohammed came on the scene. It is much, much, much more cut-throat, competitive and, yes, even vicious — though, alas (as far as I am concerned), everyone hides and cowers under helmets.
He is a big kid and is speedy. Not sure how good he is and whether he truly deserved the call-up.
That he ‘got’ — or more to the point, thought he got — his first wicket with a NO BALL was the supreme irony. Then he had a horrendous misfield on the boundary.
Well, all eyes will be on him. I wish him well. He deserves that. But, not sure whether Pakistan has done the right thing or done him a favor.