Following in his fathers footsteps will be a huge ask,and Mohammad Ashaduddin,son of former India captain Azharuddin,knows it well.
My father was a gifted cricketer, says Ashaduddin,who is in the city for a three-day trial camp for Kolkata Knight Riders getting underway on Monday. But I probably will never get there. I just like to be myself and perform well.
The talk inadvertently but expectedly veers to the magical wrists,but Ashaduddin is quick to issue a disclaimer. I have learnt my cricket watching my father. Hes my first coach. But I have my style of play. In fact,I dont want to play like my father.
The 18-year-old is hopeful that a Knight Riders call-up may help him make his mark as a cricketer and is eager to have a date with Eden Gardens.
I have heard a lot about Eden Gardens from my father. It was his favourite ground. I hope that the ground turns out to be lucky for me as well. In fact,its a great opportunity for me to prove myself if I get a chance. I am really excited.
Azhar has a staggering 107.5 average in seven Tests at the Eden. Ashaduddin,a left-hand opener,however,is not thinking about the longer version at the moment. I like to pull and (Sourav) Gangulys step-out shot is one of my favourites. My style of play suits Twenty20, he says.
A product of St Johns Academy where VVS Laxman also learnt his cricketing basics Ashaduddin agrees that theres a lot of pressure for being a star son,but asserts that he knows how to handle it.
So far,his exploits are limited to grade cricket in Hyderabad where he has had a fairly successful season with four half-centuries in six matches. But the trials would be different. Basically,I am a great fan of Matthew Hayden and Yuvraj Singh. And here,I will get a chance to hone my skills under Ganguly. Its like a dream come true. I want to make the most out of it, the left-hander concludes.