Legendary New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum has been busy of late, offering words of encouragement to young cricketers ahead of the upcoming Indian
Legendary New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum has been busy of late, offering words of encouragement to young cricketers ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
Most recently, McCullum has been speaking up for Rehan Ahmed, a 17-year-old leg-spinner who has been making a name for himself in domestic cricket. Ahmed has been on the IPL teams’ watch list since last year, and McCullum has taken to social media to encourage him to “grab the opportunity with both hands” as the auction approaches.
Ahmed is from Jammu and Kashmir, and McCullum has been particularly impressed with his dedication and work ethic – not only for improving his craft, but for continuing to remain humble despite the success he has seen so far.
Although Ahmed’s international future looks bright, the IPL auction is likely to be his first major opportunity to make a mark on the top-level cricket scene. If successful, it could open up other doors, both domestically and internationally.
For his part, McCullum is eager to see Ahmed on centre stage at the IPL auction, hoping that his hard work and dedication pays off. He has remained a firm believer in Ahmed’s abilities and has urged teams to pick him up in the auction, if given the chance.
McCullum clearly still has the same enthusiasm and love for the game that propelled him to great heights during his playing days. In a short message on social media, he sent Ahmed a message of good luck for the upcoming IPL auction, cautioning him to be proud, but not to forget to stay humble and remember his roots.
It’s clear that McCullum is determined to help up-and-coming cricketers realise their potential and make the most of the opportunities ahead of them. Many are hoping that Ahmed takes full advantage of this and brings home a successful bid in the IPL auction.
Brendon McCullum Talks Up Rehan Ahmed Ahead of IPL Auction
Brendon McCullum has had a tremendous career as one of the most successful cricketers ever to have graced the game. The New Zealand great is now looking to helping a young talent to fulfil his potential and has praised Rehan Ahmed ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
McCullum, who recently served as a commentator for the nine-week IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said Ahmed is a talented left-armer who could be an asset to any team in the world and was confident that he would become an international success.
Rehan Ahmed’s Achievements
Ahmed is a 23-year-old left-arm quick who plays for the Twenty20 side, the Pakistan Cricket Club (PCC), and has previously represented his country at U-19 level.
The youngster has already achieved a number of impressive performances in domestic cricket and international events, including:
- Won the U-19 four-day Cricket World Cup with Pakistan in 2018
- Was the leading wicket-taker in the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy in 2020
- Won the Pakistan Cup T20 tournament in 2020
- Averaged 19.71 with the ball in the 2020-21 Pakistani Super League.
Mculaum’s High Praise for Ahmed
McCullum is full of praise for Ahmed and is confident that the youngster will go on to become a great player. He said:
“Rehan Ahmed is a name to be kept in mind. He is potentially one of the best left-arm bowlers in the world and if he can refine his skills and put in the hard work, then he will certainly be one of the players who will be a great asset in the IPL and international teams across the world.”
McCullum added: “Rehan has managed to improve his game this season and I think even the franchises who compete in the IPL auction should pay special attention to him and add him in their squad.”
The IPL auction will be held on 18 February 2021, where Ahmed and many other cricketers will be vying for spots on one of the eight teams in the tournament.
We can only wait and see if Rehan Ahmed will be able to showcase his talent and live up to the high praise from Brendon McCullum.