July 2018 Shane Warne Junior
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Seven-year-old Eli Mikal Khan became a social media sensation when his spin-bowling skills went viral, with cricket fans describing him as a young Shane Warne. The skills of the youngster, from Quetta in Pakistan, stunned cricket fans who were astounded at his ability to bowl googlies and leg breaks with immaculate accuracy. "I want to become [just like] Shane Warne in the future," Eli said. "I want to wear the green shirt one day and represent Pakistan.”
When he first started in the sport, his hands were too small to grab the ball, but today he practices daily for two to three hours and is focused on achieving his goal in the future. Eli’s talents caught the eye of Australian cricket legend Shane Warne, who sent the youngster a message via Twitter after watching his video. “Your bowling looks fantastic, keep up the great work!’ he said.
In June, Laureus brought Shane and Eli together via a Skype call. What followed was an emotional and inspirational interaction, with Shane promising to advise and support Eli over the coming months and years.