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'It was amazing to bat with Ponting'

Owais Shah on batting with his hero, and the time he got tonked on the head

Interview by Mohammad Isam

March 31, 2013

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Owais Shah drives square during his unbeaten 41, Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, BBL, Hobart, January 1, 2012
Owais Shah: learnt at an early age never to go helmetless © Getty Images
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First bat
I was nine years old when my dad bought me a Gunn & Moore Skipper. I have it somewhere. I can't remember exactly where but I do actually have it still. I played for Wycombe House Cricket Club. I remember getting a 56 for the Under-10s.

First time at Lord's
I went there with my coach when I was 12. I watched England take on Australia. It was a great game of cricket, and I had a really good time.

First time I was hit on the head
When I was about ten, I top-edged a ball onto my forehead. That wasn't nice. I wasn't wearing a helmet, so I got a bump.

First hero I batted with
I batted with Ricky Ponting about a month ago. It was an amazing experience. He kept it pretty simple. He is a good person, a great batsman, and someone I looked up to in my career.

First embarrassing moment on the field
I got my first pair against Nottinghamshire in first-class cricket. It was pretty embarrassing. Actually I got another pair two games later, so that month was one to forget.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I remember his knock vs India in test match debut, and his knock versus South Africa in the Champions Trophy in South Africa was special as well. For those of us who have seen him in IPL, he can still walk into the England t20 line up easily. What went wrong, well consistency was obviously lacking, but I do believe its different strokes for different folks in England. I remember Ian Bell having a torrid time in 2008 and he was finally dropped after the test match in Jamaica where England were bundled out for not a big score. Owais came in, was given a few chances, and he did not capitalize, and was dropped again. England did not know how to manage him, and was not given a long rope which he deserved.

Posted by naz139 on (April 1, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

Guys, I didnt infer that it was blatant racism in the English Set up, I said English captains and the powers that be were very patient with certain players and let them grow into the players that they are. Bell, Flintoff were not up to it at the start, they struggled initially etc, Kabir Ali had one of the best if not the best strike rates and record in county cricket, yes he was injured recently but he did not warrant being dropped after a fine debut v SA, no reasons were given to him. Solanki, was moved up and down the order like a yoyo, no certainty, cricketers at the start can be insecure and being in and out of the team does not help anyone, Solanki was also used as a supersub on several occasions. I will hold my original view and suggest that they were treated unfairly and differently for whatever reason. The facts are out there.So we will agree to disagree

Posted by I_Perfectionist on (April 1, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@lebigfella : I am with you. People like Bopara and Patel are given plenty of chance because of their occasional man of the match performance.

Posted by lebigfella on (April 1, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

And Naz as for your racist inferences then I am so saddened. Whether the players origins are British, Asian, West Indian etc. if you are not good enough you will not last. Again those player's mentioned were not good enough internationally and their first class records were mediocre... the occasssional purple patch that leads to the initial opportunity needs to be backed up internationally AND consistently. Player's whether white, black, green or red will fall by the wayside if not good enough... Ramprakash was cajoled, nurtured, loved and given plenty of fair opportunities AND failed... he was not good & consistent enough for Test & ODI cricket! Vikram Solanki is another... an average of 28.... not good enough. Enough said.

Posted by lebigfella on (April 1, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Owais Shah has/had the talent to make it big. But not that last 5%-10% of that something special that make superstars with the stats to back them up. You cannot blame anyone, anything or any set up. Sadly Shah was never quite good & consistent enough.

Posted by HBcricket on (March 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

@naz139 I don't think it's fair to blame Owais Shah's lack of success as being down to an issue the England setup has with coloured players. In the last 10 years or so England cricket has been increasingly competitive and with it places in the team. Generally, in order to stay in the team a player needs to put together a strong performance early on. The players you've mentioned all did this. Of the wicketkeepers to enjoy a long run in the side, Prior scored a century on debut, Jones against NZ in his second series. Similarly, Bell had a strong start to his Test career and Flintoff was England's first quality allrounder since Botham. Although Shah had limited opportunities, he didn't seize his chance. Panesar's flaws are well documented, he lacks the variation and mentality of a top spinner + Swann is better & Eng won't play 2 spinners at home. Shah has never put in the exceptional performance to displace the established players in England's lineup. Clearly talented, no racism from Eng!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

yeah..he was good in T20,england miss him

Posted by naz139 on (March 31, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

I agree ApliPaki, you will get responses saying he was given so many chances, but he was up and down that batting order every game! Any one who has played cricket at any level knows that you need stability and know that this game isnt your last one. This happened to most coloured players in the 90s and early 2000's Uzman Afzaal, Aftab Habib, Adil Rashid, Mahmood, And Kabir Ali, who had a strong test debut v South Africa taking 5 wkcts but didnt play another test again. Most players mentioned were given short life lines, one game two games who generally messed around. People like Ian Bell, Flintoff, Most English wicket keepers were given extended runs and turned themselves into the players that they are now. There is/was a genuine problem in the England set up regarding coloured players. Shah himself was inexplicably dropped after a strong string of performances. Even the Great Monty has been dropped as soon as he has had a poor game!

Posted by alipaki on (March 31, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Owais Shah was a very talented batsman wasted by England

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