After taking the internet by storm with his exceptional leg-spin bowling skills, Eli Mikal Khan, a 7-year old boy has finally managed to grab the attention of his ‘idol’ Shane Warne. The child prodigy from Pakistan has recently made headlines with his outstanding leg-spin that caught the attention of the Australian legend himself. Also Read - Anil Kumble Holds 'No Regrets' During His Stint as Team India Head Coach, Feels End Could Have Been Better
On his official Twitter handle, the 48-year old Warne himself praised the wunderkind for his incredible skills with the ball. He wrote, “This was such a special moment for me and young Eli. He is such a wonderful young boy – please give the little guy your vote as he deserves it! Keep up the great work buddy ! Thankyou for your vote followers #LaureusSportingMoment.” Also Read - Shane Warne Issues Warning to Cricket Australia, Expresses Concerns Over Spin Bowling Stocks Going Downhill in Down Under
In a video posted on YouTube, Eli was seen showcasing his unbelievable control and penchant for leg-spin bowling. In the short clip, he was seen bowling with a near similar action of Warne with a perfect release while delivering the ball.
With such skills, the comparisons were inevitable with the greatest wrist-spinner of all time -Shane Warne.
As his wish came true with help of noble initiative by Laureus Sports, the young kid got a chance to interact with the Warne himself. Khan said, “I couldn’t believe he is talking to me. It is an honour for me that people call me little Shane Warne. I want to become [just like] Shane Warne in the future. I want to wear the green shirt one day and represent Pakistan.”
Pakistan are always known as the land to produce some of the best of the fast bowlers in the world has this time unearthed a special ‘spin’ talent. And, Warne’s words of encouragement will surely spur the young boy and will drive him even more towards the greatness in the world of cricket.
Laureus has started a contest where the fans pick up their favourite sporting moment of the month from the panel of four shortlisted videos. The contest runs from March to December with the ten monthly winners then competing in the Laureus Sporting Moment of the Year. The winner will be announced at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards.