Akram's tips made me a better bowler: Shami Ahmed

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Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 13:05 [IST]
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Shami Ahmed credits Akram, Gambhir

New Delhi, Jan 8: India's pace sensation Shami Ahmed has thanked Wasim Akram and Team India opener Gautam Gambhir for his success in his ODI debut against Pakistan on Sunday.

Talking to bcci.tv, Shami Ahmed said Akram's valuable tips helped him a lot in terms of evolving as a bowler.

"The small things that he's taught me have made me a better bowler. Things like bowling with the old ball, reversing it and maintaining it, which line to bowl when you're trying to reverse-swing the ball. He's taught me a lot when it comes to using the white ball," Shami said of Akram

Shami Ahmed, a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad since 2011, has been taking tips from KKR's bowling consultant Wasim Akram.

"As an opening batsman, Gauti Bhai (Gambhir) keeps telling me what a new ball should do to trouble the batsman. Every time I bowl to him in the nets (at KKR) he doesn't only concentrate on his batting. He makes it a point to give me honest feedback on every delivery, which helps me improve," Shami was quoted as saying by BCCI.tv.

Shami Ahmed also became the first Indian bowler to record four maiden overs including one during the death overs against Pakistan on debut. With Pakistan needing 25 runs to win from 18 balls, the Bengal pacer took a wicket-maiden to change Team India's fortune, as they won by 10 runs.

Amazing figures of 9 overs, four maidens, 23 runs and a wicket was just a perfect start to his international career.


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