When 13-year-old Rehan Ahmed met legendary Shane Warne
Rehan Ahmed with England teammates (Source: AP Newsroom)
After becoming the youngest player to represent England in Test cricket at the age of 18, Rehan Ahmed has been in the limelight. More so because of the bowling skills that he displayed in Karachi on the first day of the third Test by claiming figures of 2/89 in 22 overs.
His spell helped England bundle out Pakistan for 304 where he scalped crucial wickets of Saud Shakeel and Faheem Ashraf. However, the young leg-spinner was drafted into the squad right ahead of the series without prior intimation which surprised many.
To the unversed, this is not the first time that Ahmed has caught the attention of the cricketing world. Back in 2017, when the youngster was just 13 years old, he received praise from none other than legendary Shane Warne who said that he would be keeping a close eye on him.
In fact, he added that he expects him to play domestic cricket at the age of 15. Warne's prediction was almost true as the Nottingham-born debuted at 16 for Leicestershire.
"That's awesome man, really, really good. I will be keeping a close eye on you, I think we will be commentating on you very soon. I think you will be playing first class cricket by the age of 15."
Ahmed will play a crucial role in the Test where the Three Lions after rolling over Pakistan for 304 are themselves 7/1 after the end of the first day's play.