Coach told Shami Ahmed to treat ODI debut as 'just a' Ranji game

Asked what makes Shami a special bowler, the coach said: "Shami always seeks perfection. Among the 250-odd students who I coached, his sincerity stands out. If I ask him to correct something in his game, he won't rest unless he gets it done.

updated: January 08, 2013 19:48 IST
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New Delhi: Elated with his favourite student making an impressive ODI debut for India, Shami Ahmed's coach Badruddin Siddique said he advised the young speedster to treat his first international outing as just a Ranji game.

Shami made his debut for India against Pakistan in the third and final ODI of the three-match series.

"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.

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