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Like father,unlike son: Ashaduddin has his own style

Following in his father’s footsteps will be a huge ask,and Mohammad Ashaduddin,son of former India captain Azharuddin...

Following in his father’s 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. He’s my first coach. But I have my style of play. In fact,I don’t 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,it’s 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) Ganguly’s step-out shot is one of my favourites. My style of play suits Twenty20,” he says.

A product of St John’s Academy — where VVS Laxman also learnt his cricketing basics — Ashaduddin agrees that there’s a lot of pressure for being a star son,but asserts that he knows how to handle it.

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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. It’s like a dream come true. I want to make the most out of it,” the left-hander concludes.