India’s 222nd ODI player, Khaleel Ahmed is the new face for the starting eleven in India’s opening Asia Cup 2018 match against Hong Kong. Apart from the absence of Captain Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal, the inclusion of Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav were the topics for the social media to talk about. But the most head-turning news was the inclusion of the uncapped 20-year-old left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who is relatively new even to the Indian domestic circuit and has played only one match in the Indian Premier League till date.
Born on 5 December 1997, in the town of Tonk, Rajasthan, Ahmed made his entry into senior-level cricket in 2017. He has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) earlier this year and also for the India ‘A’ team. Ahmed has been noticed for his raw pace and also the ability to bowl in an awkward angle. He made his debut against Jammu and Kashmir in the last edition of the Ranji Trophy while representing Rajasthan. Ahmed caught the eyes of the national selectors during the India ‘A’ tour of England, emerging the pick of the bowlers in the Triangular Series final against England Lions with a haul of 3/48.