At 18, Noor Ahmad Is Living His Cricket Dream

The 18-year-old Afghanistan left-arm wrist-spinner who represents Gujarat Titans in IPL is worried about his English. He is picking up the language as he is going to compete in Twenty20 franchise leagues across the globe. Here are a few details about some of Noor Ahmad’s matches: 

Noor Ahman and Rashid Khan: The Perfect Team

Noor and his senior Afghanistan and Titans teammate Rashid Khan threw a wrench into the plans of the Mumbai Indians the night before when they were playing at home in Ahmedabad. Mumbai, needing 208 to win, were at 58 for 3 after six overs, scoring only 29 runs and losing their opener and captain, Rohit Sharma, in the process.

Cameron Green and Tim David, two of Mumbai's Australian-made weapons of mass destruction, fell to Noor in the next over, sending the home crowd into raptures. 

Suryakumar Yadav was Mumbai's last, best hope.

Suryakumar scored 15 runs off Rashid's 12th over, but he was caught attempting to hit a return catch off Noor's second delivery of the 13th, which turned in despite Noor's good length.

Noor made the low catch, but then he got too excited and tried to celebrate by throwing the ball high, dropping it, and recovering to catch it again.

So far this season, Noor Ahmad has taken six wickets, including three for Mumbai and one each for Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson, Lucknow Super Giants' Nicholas Pooran and Krunal Pandya, and Kolkata Knight Riders' Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rinku Singh. Noor has immediately impacted the Titans and has been promoted to the starting lineup.

2018 marked the beginning of a new chapter in Noor's professional life

The Afghanistan Cricket Board held an open selection trial in Kabul, in which he took part, to find promising young players in the U-19 age group. As the head of the Under-19 division and a coach-cum-selector for Afghanistan, former batter Raees Ahmadzai recognised Noor as a bowler with the "X-factor" he was looking for. 

Roughly 125 young players showed up to the trial. Based on cricketing and physical abilities, this group was reduced to 75, then 40, and finally, a squad of 15. To no one's surprise, Noor was chosen.

At 14, Noor entered the IPL auction for the first time in 2019.

He went unsold that year and the next but kept putting out talent notices.

He was the star of a nail-biting match against India in the Under-19 50-over Asia Cup that year, which India barely won. Noor took 4/30 in 10 overs as the Royals defended 125, including the wickets of former India captain Dhruv Jurel (now with the Royals) via lbw trap and former Mumbai Indians batsman Tilak Verma via bowling.

Afghan coach Ahmadzai recalls that his Indian counterpart Rahul Dravid was impressed by Noor during the tournament. Do you know about Noor Ahmad’s debut match? In the same year, Noor debuted in the major leagues. 

When Noor Ahmad was a teenager, Rashid first began making headlines worldwide. Young cricket fans like Noor were captivated by Rashid's enigmatical bowling in Twenty20 leagues worldwide. 

Noor, a fellow left-arm wrist-spinner, recognised that many aspects of Rashid's bowling could be incorporated into his own. Nooor Ahmad’s match-winning performance is inspired by his ideals. We hope in the future, we can see Noor Ahmad’s records in various ODI and test matches.

Is Noor Ahmad IPL player?
In the Indian Premier League, Noor Ahmad represents the Ahmedabad franchise from Afghanistan. As of 2023, Noor Ahmad is one of the youngest IPL players. 
What was Noor Ahmad's price in the IPL?
The Ahmedabad franchise paid Rs. 30.00 lakhs in the IPL Auction 2023 to secure the services of Noor Ahmad. In his final IPL match, which took place in May 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, he recorded bowling figures of 17/2 against the Chennai franchise. 
When was Noor Ahmad born?
Noor Ahmad was born on 3 January 2005. At present, Noor Ahmad's age is 18 years.