New Delhi, Jan 9: Young Shami Ahmed's coach Badruddin Siddique happy to see the Bengal pacer making waves after his ODI debut said that he had advised the 22 year-old to treat his ODI debut as another Ranji match.
Talking to Shami Ahmed on the day of the match, Badruddin had advised him to treat it as a Ranji game.
"He called me in morning of the match to inform that he was playing and sounded nervous. I told him to treat it as a Ranji Trophy match where he is bowling for Bengal. What made me proud is that he bowled four successive maidens.
"An Indian record on debut and he could have even emulated the great Andy Roberts' feat of five consecutive maidens. What more can a coach ask for?," Badruddin told PTI from his Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) residence.
He also revealed that it was his decision to send Shami to play for Bengal, since he could play a lot of club matches.
"In UP, the state team selection is on the basis of trials and I felt it was better off to send him to Bengal where he could get to play a lot of club matches.
"Shami first played club cricket, then Bengal U-22, senior Bengal T20 squad followed by Ranji Trophy. So it has been a gradual rise to the national team. But trust me, this is just the beginning," he insisted.