Hosein relishing wicket-keeping responsibility

Harvey Hosein is relishing his responsibility after being given the gloves as Derbyshire’s first-choice wicket-keeper in 2019.

The 22-year-old has played over 50 matches for Derbyshire across all formats, and he is enjoying the opportunity of an extended run in the first team.

Derbyshire are reaping the rewards of their confidence in Hosein, after he hit two crucial half-centuries in the county’s opening round win over Durham in the Specsavers County Championship.

He also recorded his career-best score of 138 not out against Leeds/Bradford MCCU earlier in the season, and Hosein is now hoping he can continue in the same vein for years to come.

“It’s nice to get that vote of confidence from the club and it was nice to know my role going into the season” said Hosein.

“Over the past couple of seasons there has been times where I’ve had to play just as a batsman but it’s nice this year going in with clarity for my role.

“I quite enjoy the responsibility of being given the gloves and being told that you are playing.

“It’s always nice when you are given responsibility and opportunities and that’s something this year I’ve enjoyed after being given the gloves.

“I’ve been given the opportunity and it’s something I’m really relishing at the moment so hopefully I can continue this for many years to come.”

Hosein is also upbeat about Derbyshire’s start to the season, which sees them top the Specsavers County Championship Division Two table after two matches.

“I think it’s been a really positive start, we didn’t manage to qualify [for the Royal London One-Day Cup knock-out stages] this year but we have taken the positives from that competition because we played some very good cricket.

“One or two little changes and we would be through, that tie we had against Yorkshire and the game against Lancashire, we could have won if we had batted a little better.

“You can’t live in the past and we just have to take the positives that we played some really good cricket, won a few games in the competition and now we have a big chunk of red ball.

“We are top of the table so that’s something we are looking to take confidence from after the first two games. Hopefully over the next eight Championship matches, we can push on and stay up there.

“I think we shouldn’t put any limit on what we can achieve I think in the immediate future.

“A goal for this season is that we definitely want to get promoted this season and win the Championship because we have got off to a great start in the four-day matches.”

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