Heartwarming video of Shane Warne resurfaces – as young gun Rehan Ahmed closes in on England debut
A touching video of Shane Warne giving a cricket-mad boy the biggest compliment of his life resurfaces, and now the youngster is about to make England history.
- The late Shane Warne saw Rehan Ahmed bowling at the age of 13.
- He declared that the teenager would soon be playing first-class cricket if he kept improving.
- Ahmed, 18, has been added to the England test squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan
Shane Warne knew how to spin his legs better than most, so when the late Australian cricketing great declared that Rehan Ahmed was destined to play at a first-class level, he had a lot of influence.
Ahmed, 18, has lived up to the hype after he was added to the England Test squad for the December tour of Pakistan.
When the exciting prospect was just 13 years old, he cast the nets and Warne was impressed.
A video making the rounds online shows the king of the twist heaping praise on the raw teenager.
“That’s amazing, really, really good,” Warne can be heard saying in the poignant clip.
The late Shane Warne first saw England’s rising star Rehan Ahmed bowling by spinning his legs into the nets at the age of 13, and was impressed.
Ahmed, 18, has lived up to the hype after he was added to the England Test squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.
‘I’ll be watching you closely, I think we’ll be telling you very soon.
“I think you’ll be playing first-class cricket by the age of 15.”
Warne, 52, died of a suspected heart attack while on vacation in Thailand on March 22.
Now it’s up to Ahmed to carve out a career with the whites and England coach Brendon McCullum is keen to see if the teenager can hold his own abroad.
“We know he’s not the finished item, but he has great potential,” McCullum said when asked about Ahmed’s surprising selection.
Ben [Stokes]Me and the rest of the coaches like how he approaches his game.
“The experience of being part of the team in Pakistan will be very beneficial for him, and he will add to the composition of our team.”
The first test is in Rawalpindi from December 1.