A leg-spinner by trade, Fawad Ahmed was a key figure in Sydney Thunders' triumph in Big Bash League 2016. The Australian came in with quite a reputation levied on him. Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart McGill ran parallels between Fawad and the Indian great Anil Kumble. Being a regular at the Australian net sessions, Fawad even got the approval of former Aussie batsman Damien Martyn, who claimed that he was the best leg-spinner in Australia since Shane Warne. In 2018, Fawad Ahmed has played five internationals for Australia for whom he made his debut in 2013.