Thousands throng to welcome home India’s new pace find
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Sehazpur Ali Nagar, like rest of the world, saw Shami on television bowling an inspired opening spell of 5-3-12-0 to help India defend a modest total in a tight 3rd ODI against Pakistan. Bowling in the high 130s, the nippy swing bowler returned in tense final overs to take the wicket of Saeed Ajmal. He was to finish with impressive figures of 9-4-23-1. Though India lost the series, Shami provided hope. Here was a youngster who could hold his nerves in front of packed stands in an Indo-Pak game.
On Monday, Shami returned to a hero's welcome. Doubts about his cricketing skills and anonymity faded after the foggy evening at Kotla. Sehazpur Ali Nagar couldn't get over the fact that one among them had made it big."I have never seen such a big reception in my life. Close to 30,000 people were present to greet him (Shami). Fans came from Morabadad—21 km from our village. Even now, as I speak to you, there are still about 1,000 people in my home. But I am loving it. I am overwhelmed," Shami's father Tousif told The Indian Express.
Tousif was the president of the panchayat for 12 years. All of his three sons—he also has a daughter — played cricket till college level but Shami's talent stood out from the start. In 2003, Shami was just 13 years old when his coach Md Badaruddiun advised his father to send him to Kolkata. "I told Shami that he would be granted permission on one condition—that one day he had to play for India. He promised me and has now fulfilled my ambition. Words can't describe my feelings when I saw him on TV yesterday," said Tousif.
When Tousif imagined Shami's debut, he pictured his son playing against Pakistan. "Indeed, I wanted it that way and yesterday it was the biggest moment of my life," he said. "We didn't miss the action for a moment. And the way he bowled, he made us proud."
Shami will have to leave home on Tuesday for Rajkot, where India will play England in the first ODI. But the family is doing its best to make this evening special. "Today's biryani will have a special taste," said mother Anjum. On the eve of his India debut, Shami called Badruddin, his first coach, for advice. "He was a little nervous. I told him to bowl the way he bowls in the Ranji Trophy. After the game he called me to say that captain and all the team members had words of encouragement for him," Badruddin said.
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