Nottingham star Rehan Ahmed has put the cricket world on alert as England bowl their way into an under 19 World Cup final.
The 17-year-old has been a key member of the under 19 side, providing valuable bowling and batting.
However, the Notts born teenager tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the campaign, seeing him miss the first two group stage games.
Luckily he didn’t suffer from any symptoms and was able to return for the rest of the tournament, in which he became a major player.
England went undefeated in the group stages, beating Bangladesh by 6 wickets and then smashing Canada and United Arab Emirates by 106 and 189 runs respectively.
The side’s success continued in their first knock out game, beating the 2014 champions South Africa, where Ahmed took 4/48.
The Notts starlet took his good form into the semi-final, going for 16 runs and four wickets, helping England beat the star-studded Bangladesh for the second time and earn themselves a place in the final.
Having only won the World Cup once in 1998, the final offers the opportunity for the youngsters to break the deadlock.
The final will take place this Friday and the team will face one of two great teams in India or Australia, who battle it out in the other semi-final.
England will be prepared for the occasion, with Ahmed hoping to continue his play and help his team to glory.
The teenager took up the sport from a young age, playing for the Nottinghamshire youth set up until 13-years-old.
In 2017 he moved to the neighbouring county of Leicestershire, who he made his A List debut for in July 2021. Since then he’s made six more appearances, totalling 89 runs and five runs.
Before his debut Ahmed was already tipped as one of England’s brightest prospects, being invited to bowl at England and West Indies at Lord’s.
As the final nears, the Nottingham sensation will look to help England make history and represent his county.