Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed brushed aside suggestions that he can the next Shane Warne and said that he cannot be compared to the Australian legend.
”It was a real high and people were saying the next Shane Warne. There was so much expectation and to be compared to Shane Warne is not that easy,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
I know he was something different. I can be a good player, I can play good Test cricket or one-day cricket for many years but I can’t be Shane Warne,” he added.
Talking about the pressure he would be facing, Ahmed said, ”To be honest, being human, you always feel the pressure. That was a really short tour for me, my first-ever time out from Australia, the weather wasn’t good and in my mind if I performed well I could be in the Ashes team. So that was the kind of pressure I took. It was a tough situation but the coaches and the selectors and the players have really supported me.”
He hasn’t got a chance to play in the ongoing Ashes series and with off-spinner Nathan Lyon proving impressive in the fourth Test, it is unlikely that Ahmed will get a chance to play the final match as well. However, chairman of selectors John Inverarity said he was in contention to play in the return Ashes series in Australia.
Ahmed is confident that he can prove himself at the international level.
”It’s how you take the pressure at international level. I know the guys will support me. So I need to support myself inside. It’s a big thing. All night I couldn’t sleep much, looking at my name in the middle beside Michael Clarke and George Bailey,” he said.
“Sometimes people can’t hold their nerves, and maybe that’s how people thought about me [after the UK tour], but there is another opportunity. Opportunities don’t knock always on your door, so I will try my best to catch this time and perform well,” Ahmed added.