I will never ever compromise on pace: Shami Ahmed

Shami Ahmed

"Just watching the likes of Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, you learn a lot. It's not that they will coach you but they tell you little things that you need to pick up.

"I had my state team new ball partner Ashoke Dinda and that also helped adjust easily in the dressing room. Me and Dinda open the bowling for Bengal and share a very good rapport. Bengal coach W V Raman taught me a lot of little things during Ranji Trophy while I had some good sessions with KKR bowling coach Wasim Akram. I am now planning to work on bowling yorkers," Shami said.

The bowler, who will be turning 23 in March, missed out on the Champions League T20 in South Africa and four Ranji Trophy games after sustaining a side strain injury during India A's tour of New Zealand.

"Missing out on Champions League was disappointing. I was also scared after the side strain injury as to what will be duration that I will be out of action. But my rehabilitation went well and I came back strongly."

He came to the 'City of Joy' Kolkata from a remote hamlet called Alinagar in Moradabad, eight years back and now considers Bengal as his "home".

"Even though my parents have been the guiding force, I can't thank Bengal cricket enough for giving me this opportunity. Today, I have got a house in Kolkata and my parents have come here to stay with me. Ab mera saab kuch yehan pe hi hain (Now, I have settled down here in Kolkata)."

His childhood coach Badruddin Siddiqui termed him as a "shy boy" but Shami begged to differ.

"Keeping quiet doesn't mean that I am shy. It's just that my motto in life is 'work more and talk less.'"

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