England’s young leg spinner Rehan Ahmed has said that he has accepted it will be challenging to do well in Indian conditions against some of the best batters of spin. The talented cricketer believes that there’s a lot of time for the IPL and he will get opportunities in the future too, but his focus is on point as well. However, Rehan is one of the four spinners selected in the Test squad alongside Jack Leach, Tom Hartley, and Shoaib Bashir as well. His only Test came against Pakistan in Karachi and took 7 scalps, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “I’ve accepted it’s going to be hard. I’ll try my best. That’s all I can control. I’m just looking forward to playing Test cricket again. The least I could do is make sure I’m fully ready for whatever I can be for England. There’s a lot of time for IPL and stuff if I get the chance again, and if I don’t get the chance to do it, I’m fine with that as well. I spoke to a couple of people – if you want a long career, you don’t want to burn out too soon. Just being ready for England is my main priority.”
However, Rehan Ahmed had initially given his name for the IPL 2024 auction but later on, he pulled out a day before the event. While being one of the most promising leg-spinners, he would have earned a good amount, he stated that he didn’t want to focus on other things.
“I don’t like focusing on new things while in competition – I keep it as simple as I can. But I’m sure when I have two or three weeks off I can put my head down and work on something special. I think the flipper’s a nice ball to have, especially in T20 cricket – even Test cricket, the way it’s going right now. Flipper’s a nice ball to have, seeing Warney the way he used to bowl it as well, the way he used to set batsmen up,” Rehan Ahmed concluded.
The first Test between India and England will start on January 25th in Hyderabad.