England’s newest star Shoaib Bashir explains reason behind unusual shirt number after stunning debut against India
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England’s newest star Shoaib Bashir explains reason behind unusual shirt number after stunning debut against India

Feb 3, 2024

England’s new No.67 Shoaib Bashir had a debut to remember on day one of the second Test against India.

India won the toss and elected to bat first in Visakhapatnam, scoring 336/6 as Yashasvi Jaiswal starred with an unbeaten 179.

Bashir will never forget his first taste of Test cricket

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Bashir will never forget his first taste of Test cricketCredit: AFP

20-year-old spinner Bashir was the pick of the England bowlers, even if his shirt number does not scream ‘star player’.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Bashir explained why he wore No.67 on his big day.

“The reason, is that 13 is my favourite number and with the Lions they couldn’t give me 13,” he said.

“So I went with 67 [because] six plus seven equals 13.” 

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Bashir took two wickets on Friday and made India captain Rohit Sharma his first victim in Test cricket.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the debutant said: “If you were to tell me that two years ago, I would laugh.

“But yeah, it was a very special moment receiving my Test Cap. For me to get Rohit Sharma as my first wicket was very, very special.

“He’s a great player of spin as well. Yeah, I just look so grateful to God and my family. 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 opted to wear the No.67 shirt

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Bashir opted to wear the No.67 shirtCredit: AFP

Bashir also took the wicket of Axar Patel and finished the day with figures of 2/100 in 28 overs – bowling 10 overs more than anyone else.

When asked about his well-documented visa troubles before the first Test, Bashir was keen to move on from the saga.

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“I always knew I’d get the visa,” he said. “I did have a few troubles with it, but look, 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 also revealed that he only found out about his Test debut yesterday before being presented his first cap by close friend Jack Leach.

He said: “I found out at training yesterday. We got to training and Stokesy and Baz came up to me and gave me a pat on the back saying you’ll get your cap tomorrow.

“Yeah, it was just such a surreal moment.”

Bashir continued: “[Leach] had some nice words to say. Me and him got on really well. We’re very tight.

Leach was the man to present Bashir with his first cap

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Leach was the man to present Bashir with his first capCredit: Getty

“And he’s the one that saw me on the scene when I was playing for Somerset Twos. He was just talking about how proud everyone is of me and family and my journey.

“It was just so special receiving it from him as well.”

Bashir’s lack of experience on the Test scene was captured by his reaction to Jaiswal’s extraordinary knock.

“This is the first time I’ve really seen someone bat for quite long,” he joked.

Listen to every ball of the second Test live on talkSPORT 2!


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