The Talent Spotter : Hussain Talat

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Hussain Talat is a left handed batsman who at the age of 16 has already played four List A matches and three T20 matches for ZTBL. During the four List A matches he scored 272 runs at an average of 90.66 with a highest score of 141. He also represented ZTBL in the recently concluded Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi.

Hailing from the cricket mad city of Lahore, Hussain has already caught the eye of Pakistan’s selectors and has been included in the Pakistan Under 19 squad for the upcoming tri series against England and Bangladesh, after making an impressive start to his cricket career.

Full name Mohammad Hussain Talat

Born December 12, 1996, Lahore, Punjab

Current age 16 years 227 days

Major teams Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Batting style Left-hand bat


Getting into Cricket

As far as I can remember I’ve always enjoyed playing and watching cricket. My elder brother and my father would take me along to matches when they were playing in Lahore so I would watch them in action and also at the same time practice on the sidelines with some of the other boys of a similar age. I’d be there with a tennis ball on the sidelines copying my cricketing heroes while watching the action.


Tape Ball

After initially playing with a tennis ball as a young child, the natural progression was to start playing tape ball cricket with friends in the local streets and parks. I’ve always enjoyed playing tape ball cricket and still do. I think the importance of tape ball cricket is undervalued in a cricketer’s development and I’ve found playing tape ball cricket very useful.


Club Cricket

My brother and other family members played for Ravi cricket club in Lahore and because I was familiar with the surroundings there I also joined this club. I was there every day and every hour that was available to me. Even now I spend a lot of time practising there and am a familiar face at the club. It’s a well organised club that produces a lot of first class cricketers.


ZTBL

The contract with ZTBL came as a total surprise to me. I was playing club cricket, practising with friends when Mohammad Khalil the ZTBL left arm pace bowler came over to the practice area where I was training and started watching me bat. At the end of my practice session he came over to me and had a chat about going to ZTBL for a trial. At that time WAPDA had made enquiries about me signing for them but I had not made any sort of commitment to them.

After speaking with Khalil I decided to go for a trial with ZTBL and fortunately the trial went very well. The coaching staff at ZTBL were impressed with my batting and I had no hesitation in signing for them. Mohammad Khalil, Imran Nazir and Saeed Ajmal have been very supportive and really looked after me at ZTBL. It’s daunting for a 16 year old boy to be playing professional cricket especially for a major team like ZTBL but thankfully I’ve settled down nicely there.


List A Matches

My debut was in April against National Bank at the Gaddafi stadium. I had to literally pinch myself to believe that I was out there in the Gaddafi stadium playing in the President’s Cup alongside Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Khalil, Haris Sohail and up against Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Hammad Azam and Wahab Riaz.

Ahead of my debut when the team was announced Saeed Ajmal who was captain came up to me and said that I should just play my natural game, be positive and believe in myself and not to feel any pressure at all. I was told that I would be opening and by the grace of the Almighty I made 67 from 82 balls on debut and shared an opening stand of 153 with Sharjeel Khan. I also took two catches but unfortunately we lost a high scoring match. The debut experience though was brilliant and it really taught me a lot about cricket at the highest level and what is required and how tough it is.


President's Cup

I went onto score 67, 52, 12 and 141 not out in this seasons President’s Cup. The score of 141 not out was against Port Qasim Authority and I shared an opening stand of 169 once again with Sharjeel Khan. Playing in the President’s Cup has been excellent for my development as a cricketer and I look forward to playing more competitive domestic cricket in future.


The last 12 months

In the space of 12 months time my life has changed. Last Ramadan I was a nobody playing club cricket in Lahore and playing street cricket with friends and had some big dreams. Now 12 months later I’m playing alongside great cricketers like Saeed Ajmal and playing against the best cricketers in Pakistan and have been selected for Pakistan’s Under 19s. It’s been a dream come true.


Cricketing Heroes

My cricketing heroes are Salman Butt, Mike Hussey and Kumar Sangakkara. Butt was always a cricketer who I enjoyed watching bat. At his best he was a fantastic batsman. Hussey has always been a great role model for young cricketers like myself and his levels of fitness and professionalism have been exemplary over the years. In addition Kumar Sangakkara is another left handed batsman who I greatly admire. His temperament and ability to utilise his skills in all three formats is something I greatly admire. Kumar shows that if you are a good batsman you can perform in any format.


Pakistan Under 19s

I’m delighted to have been picked for the Pakistan under 19s for the tri nation series next month in England. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to further develop as a cricketer and I’m really looking forward to the series. It will be my first overseas tour and both the England and Bangladesh under 19 sides are very strong so it should be a tough challenge especially in conditions that I’m not used to.


Bowling

I started as a batsman who bowled some leg spin. My coaches always said to me that if I worked hard on my leg spin it was an area of my cricket that could be developed and could supplement my batting, but at heart I’ve always wanted to bowl first. So I ignored the advice from my coaches and started to bowl medium fast and that facet of my game has fortunately improved. In fact I was bowling medium fast recently in the Ramadan T20 Cup for ZTBL and I picked up three wickets in three matches.

I’m a firm believer that you should do what you are happy and comfortable doing. The heart wasn’t always in bowling leg spin and that’s why I’ve started to bowl fast again.


All rounder

I think I have what it takes to become a genuine all rounder. I look at the likes of Abdul Razzaq and Hammad Azam and I think I can develop into a similar cricketer with hard work and some luck.


The Future

After a brilliant start to my ZTBL career and being called up for the Pakistan Under 19s, I want to continue to improve as a cricketer and to have a consistent season with ZTBL next season. The dream is to do well for the Pakistan Under 19s and then to play for Pakistan. I know it’s a dream that every young boy in Pakistan has but I’m certain that I can achieve that dream if I continue to improve and work hard.
 
Did you tell him that being fantastic (re: Butt) without being consistent and oh being honest and loyal to the country means much more...and that he is far better off admiring even a no taluunter and non-fantastic player like Asif Mujtaba then Butt?

If this kid just follows his own words in this interview and continues to work hard not only at his batting but fielding, bowling ad more importantly fitness...we have a real talent on our hands who can get a chance to play soon because a lefty batting all rounder who opens the batting will be a dream come true for Pak team!
 
The kid has already many fans at this site. Thanks for sharing and good Luck to him for the UK tour.
 
Any kid who's cricketing hero is Salman Butt should undergo some psychological test.

Interesting that you just focus on that comment.

To be fair to the kid, he clearly states that he enjoyed watching his batting at his peak.
 
Looked a decent medium fast bowler, if he keeps working hard he'll improve....

Though his batting didnt impressed me, looked like a slogger to me, and he is definitely 20+, he doesnt look 16
 
Hes only a youngster and there shouldnt be a problem to anybody if he liked butt's batting it doesnt mean he admires what he did off the field, I personally liked butt's batting i thought he was better than our current openers anyway.

I hope this lad gets looked after, i wouldnt want to see another talented cricketer go to waste.
 
Man he is the same age as me, that's if it is his actual age, anyway goodluck to him on future endeavours
 
He's done amazingly well considering his age - or rather stated age :afridi

I hope he continues to bat in the way that comes naturally to him. Would be interesting to know what he considers to be his strengths and weaknesses in terms of strokeplay.
 
He's had an amazing start to his career. It'll be interesting to see him in Year 2.

Will teams have him figured out? Will he work out his own weaknesses and bolster his strengths even more?
 
Lbed his interview uptil the part he claimed that he liked butt!still i hink he is a great prospect for the future
 
Depends on exactly how old is he. I haven't seen him, but chances are little that he is only 16. If he is even 18, his stats are definitely outstanding, if 19 - praise worthy; but if he is over 20, I don't think he is not much than a good domestic player.
 
Lbed his interview uptil the part he claimed that he liked butt!still i hink he is a great prospect for the future

Salman butt as a batsman wasnt that bad, he was an elegant player, may be he likes him as a player
 
Is there any video avaiable of his batting?
 
some of the posters who saw him bat were unimpressed however he does seem to score everytime he bats. I saw him bowling and I think as a bowler he has more potential then Hammad Azam can be a wild card pick for the 2015 world cup as we desperatley need a fast bowling all rounder.
 
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^^ Yup Agree.. !! I dint find anything wrong with his batting technique and approach in those T20 tourney..
 
he does seem to favor the leg side but many batsman do it in 20/20 would like to watch him bat in a 50 over game to make a better judgement.
 
^^ Yup Agree.. !! I dint find anything wrong with his batting technique and approach in those T20 tourney..

Since some posters here have critisized his batting, I was wondering how he gets all the scores, kuch loug awain hi mood kharab kar detey hain
 
Should bat lower down the order and improve his bowling. We have plenty of openers but nobody who is a batting allrounder who bowls pace
 
One should never judge a player based on one match only. In the video above he struggled With his timing, especially against Yasir Shah.
 
One should never judge a player based on one match only. In the video above he struggled With his timing, especially against Yasir Shah.

Babar Azam batted magnificently though and always has. Needed 11 an over and he was 32 off 35 due to good strike rotation, then chased down the target by scoring a beautifully complied 77* off 54. Average 162 at a strike rate of 151.4 in that tournament and averages 57 and 64 in List-A and T20 respectively. Quite shocked how in such a poor batting lineup we still cannot accommodate him in into our team, even against Zimbabwe. But of course our team is full of passengers like Farhat.
 
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Babar Azam batted magnificently though. Always has. Average 162 at a strike rate of 151.4 in that tournament and averages 57 and 64 in List-A and T20 respectively. Quite shocked how in such a poor batting lineup we still cannot accommodate him in into our team, even against Zimbabwe. But of course our team is full of passengers like Farhat.

Let's hope he performs for the u23 team in Singapore. A strong display there and I am sure he would be on selectors' radar.
 
Definitely one to look out for in the future looks really promising.

Babar Azam and Umar Waheed are other two that I think have the potential to become really good players for us in the future.
 
Definitely one to look out for in the future looks really promising.

Babar Azam and Umar Waheed are other two that I think have the potential to become really good players for us in the future.

5 UN-19 Boys

Babar azam
Sami aslam
Umar waheed my fav Young Batsman i love his Technique work
Hussain talat
Imran butt
Those 5 batsman,s are comparable to each other

Rafey Ahmad,Saud shakeel,Kamran ghulam new UN-19 Batsman of this year also need to watch out them
 
There is something about his bowling , he also seems to pick wicket , I think he has the germs to become gun allrounder.
 
There is something about his bowling , he also seems to pick wicket , I think he has the germs to become gun allrounder.

Talat has Improved his Fast bowling bcz he was Bowling Alongside Irfanullah Shah and Munir at UN-19 For ZTBL UN-19 :)
 
Went to see Hussain an th under 19s earlier today.

Very impressed with him. He's a tall medium fast bowler who bowls predominantly outswingers. Nice high action and a good run up.

He opened the innings today, looked a bit edgy at the start but then got settled at the crease and looked good.

The opposition wasn't great, but this lad looks a good prospect.
 
Went to see Hussain an th under 19s earlier today.

Very impressed with him. He's a tall medium fast bowler who bowls predominantly outswingers. Nice high action and a good run up.

He opened the innings today, looked a bit edgy at the start but then got settled at the crease and looked good.

The opposition wasn't great, but this lad looks a good prospect.

Any Idea of his Pace??
 
Some huge question mark on players ages no way he is 16 and neither is aftab 16 and even zia is not 18 all these guys are around 23-26 yrs old and that is what their faces cannot hide.

There is a reason why the Pakistani u19 bowlers are quick because they are considerably older than their opponents who are still growing and teenagers.

Unfair advantage I would say icc need to clampdown and penalise the pakistan team.
 
Some huge question mark on players ages no way he is 16 and neither is aftab 16 and even zia is not 18 all these guys are around 23-26 yrs old and that is what their faces cannot hide.

There is a reason why the Pakistani u19 bowlers are quick because they are considerably older than their opponents who are still growing and teenagers.

Unfair advantage I would say icc need to clampdown and penalise the pakistan team.

I know there are fake ages, but no way a 23-26 year old play U-19 cricket...

Most of them would be around 20 at most

Zia looks around 20

Aftab would be 19 rather than 16

but you are exaggerating here, there is no way they are 23-26 year old
 
Some huge question mark on players ages no way he is 16 and neither is aftab 16 and even zia is not 18 all these guys are around 23-26 yrs old and that is what their faces cannot hide.

There is a reason why the Pakistani u19 bowlers are quick because they are considerably older than their opponents who are still growing and teenagers.

Unfair advantage I would say icc need to clampdown and penalise the pakistan team.

Pakistan U-19 players also abduct players (children) from other U -19 sides and eat there heart and livers with bare hands.
 
Pakistan U-19 players also abduct players (children) from other U -19 sides and eat there heart and livers with bare hands.

Similar crap was said about razzaq and Azhar Mahmood one who was masquerading as a 19 yr old and the other around 22, with razzaq bowling in excess of 90 mph at times in World Cup 99

Both were well in their mid twenties with Azhar Mahmood probably a lot older and at their peaks when they had just supposedly started their careers.

Another famous one on debut was the 16 yr old :afridi when his hitting power was more like someone in his Mid twenties than a jhakhat who has barely sprung a tache.
 
Similar crap was said about razzaq and Azhar Mahmood one who was masquerading as a 19 yr old and the other around 22, with razzaq bowling in excess of 90 mph at times in World Cup 99

Both were well in their mid twenties with Azhar Mahmood probably a lot older and at their peaks when they had just supposedly started their careers.

Another famous one on debut was the 16 yr old :afridi when his hitting power was more like someone in his Mid twenties than a jhakhat who has barely sprung a tache.


Razzaq looked very young when he debuted, at most he would be 20 when he debuted, you can look at his face and tell, same with Azhar Mahmood he wasnt more than 22-24 when he made is debut....

Afridi might not be 16 but surely was less than 19, he doesnt look more than 35-36 now...

Point is that there are fake ages but they are not as blatant as you are saying, there are no 23-26 year old players playing U19 cricket :facepalm:
 
Similar crap was said about razzaq and Azhar Mahmood one who was masquerading as a 19 yr old and the other around 22, with razzaq bowling in excess of 90 mph at times in World Cup 99

Both were well in their mid twenties with Azhar Mahmood probably a lot older and at their peaks when they had just supposedly started their careers.

Another famous one on debut was the 16 yr old :afridi when his hitting power was more like someone in his Mid twenties than a jhakhat who has barely sprung a tache.

Players can bowl 90mph at 19

Among recent bunch...

Jamie Overton of England touched 150kph in U19 WC

Aamer has bowled 150kph at 18

Reece topley bowled few deliveries at 90mph in U19 WC

Joel Paris bowled at 140-145kph in U19 WC

Zia-ul-Haq was around 140kph in U19 WC
 
U19 world cup was held in Australia where speed guns are crazy. At least 5-7mph more then what they are in reality.
 
This is Hussain Talat
 

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Some huge question mark on players ages no way he is 16 and neither is aftab 16 and even zia is not 18 all these guys are around 23-26 yrs old and that is what their faces cannot hide.

There is a reason why the Pakistani u19 bowlers are quick because they are considerably older than their opponents who are still growing and teenagers.

Unfair advantage I would say icc need to clampdown and penalise the pakistan team.

All of them have gone through bone-age testing which could be off by about 12 months. No way in hell are these player 23-26.
 
All of them have gone through bone-age testing which could be off by about 12 months. No way in hell are these player 23-26.

have they? ive always heard this but never seen any official mention of this testing process or results, or anyone been exluded from under 19 cricket on grounds of failing the test, certainly by looking at him there is no way he is 16... min 19.

this problem is becoming worse by the day. i have nothing against talat but seriously, it looks like these guys are knocking off 2, 3 years minimum.
 
have they? ive always heard this but never seen any official mention of this testing process or results, or anyone been exluded from under 19 cricket on grounds of failing the test, certainly by looking at him there is no way he is 16... min 19.

this problem is becoming worse by the day. i have nothing against talat but seriously, it looks like these guys are knocking off 2, 3 years minimum.

Poor fitness also adds to the perception that they are older than the stated age. Talat also looks overweight and the extra mass on his face makes him look older.
 
All of them have gone through bone-age testing which could be off by about 12 months. No way in hell are these player 23-26.

have they? ive always heard this but never seen any official mention of this testing process or results, or anyone been exluded from under 19 cricket on grounds of failing the test, certainly by looking at him there is no way he is 16... min 19.

this problem is becoming worse by the day. i have nothing against talat but seriously, it looks like these guys are knocking off 2, 3 years minimum.

Poor fitness also adds to the perception that they are older than the stated age. Talat also looks overweight and the extra mass on his face makes him look older.

This is a myth that they do bone testing. The don't do it. Medical panel judge the player's age by incompetent methods. And players with strong background has connections with these medical experts in PCB as well. Hussain Talat is easily 20 years old. He is not the only one who is hiding his age. This is now part of the country's cricket. Very unfair IMO.
 
Players picked for Pakistan u19 team should be age-tested and I am sure PCB do that because it will be really embarrasing if ICC find over aged plyers during their testing in WC.
 
Talat finished with 152 runs in 7 matches at an average of 38.00.

Surprisingly, at least to me, he picked up 10 wickets at an average of 14.90 as well.
 
Talat finished with 152 runs in 7 matches at an average of 38.00.

Surprisingly, at least to me, he picked up 10 wickets at an average of 14.90 as well.

brilliant :) looks like Pak are finding some more all rounders. :akhtar
 
Didn't see him bat but he impressed me with his action and ability to bowl at the death. If he can push his pace up into the 80s we may have a serious player on our hands. :razzaq
 
This guy has potential with the ball as he know how to take wickets ,hopefully his pace will increase over time but definitely he is not 16.
 
Didn't see him bat but he impressed me with his action and ability to bowl at the death. If he can push his pace up into the 80s we may have a serious player on our hands. :razzaq

Pace will come with Age

we also Have serious spin Bowling all rounders in Hand Nawaz,Kamran and Zafar Gohar
 
doing well in domestic cricket, these u19 players need to be challenged, a lot of rubbish players in domestic cricket which is not helping
 
doing well in domestic cricket, these u19 players need to be challenged, a lot of rubbish players in domestic cricket which is not helping

LOL! He hasn't performed well in FC cricket.. Only 1 50 till now. Our FC cricket is challenging enough for this young guys. Babar Azam hasn't made a mark in FC cricket depite being more talented than Hussain.
 
Hussain Talat is not 16 he is more like 20/21...... please dont doctor the age ..... it is not helping pakistan team by having overage players playing u19 cricket......
 
he is good allrounder , classy left hander and good right arm pacer.
 
Hussain Talat is not 16 he is more like 20/21...... please dont doctor the age ..... it is not helping pakistan team by having overage players playing u19 cricket......

This thread is from 2013.
So according to it talat is 18-19 right now.
 
Hussain Talat - a fine left handed batsman and a decent bowler

He has batted really well. Some glorious shots and not slogs proper cricketing shots. He looks to be a handy all rounder to me. I think he should be backed by PCB selection panel same way they backed Anwar. He looks much better prospect than Anawr.

a good find.
 
No need to rush him in so far. His bowling is not up to standards so far, some work to do.
 
Good prospect played really well today. Got good technique too which is a good sign.
 
I remember back when he was 'supposedly' 16, everyone used to call him a hack. He must have improved significantly if he is playing good cricket shots now.
 
No need to rush him in so far. His bowling is not up to standards so far, some work to do.

He is a very good prospect to work with though. Much more better than what you will get out of Anwar. A handy bat in fact reliable who has the power to clear the ropes and a good part time bowler. Can easily bowl 4-5 overs which is maximum no. Of overs Anwar bowl.
 
Really impressed today with his bowling

Let see how he bats
 
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