On Tuesday, India pacer Mohammad Shami revealed that how Zaheer Khan and Wasim Akram have played important role to improve his bowling skills.
During the live session of Instagram with batsman Manoj Tiwary, Shami said, “When we were growing up, we used to witness that India and Pakistan used to be the most intense matches. Sachin Tendulkar is a great of the game and I looked up at him when I was growing up. The best pair was of Virender Sehwag and Sachin. When it comes to batting, I used to look up to Sehwag and Sachin.”
He further added,” When it comes to bowling, I used to look at Zaheer Khan. When India and Pakistan faced off against each other, I also used to like Wasim Akram. Both Zaheer and Akram were left-arm bowlers.”
Shami played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL and there he got a chance to learn bowling skills from the Pakistani player Wasim Akram who was the bowling coach of KKR. Then Shami played for Delhi Capitals and there he learnt so many things from Zaheer Khan.
“When I came to KKR, I realised the skill and value associated with cricket. I watched Wasim Akram all my life on television, but with KKR, I had the chance to learn from him. For the initial days, I was not even able to talk to him,” Shami said.
And then he added, “Wasim Bhai came up to me then, and he initiated the conversation with me and he started telling me things about bowling. He read me very fast, he realised what I am all about, I learnt a lot from him. If you have someone experienced close to you, then you should not shy away and try to learn maximum things as well.”
“Zaheer Bhai and I did not play much together, but whenever I got the chance to talk to him, he was very helpful. I spent time with him during IPL stint with Delhi Capitals, Zaheer Bhai is very experienced, I just wanted to learn how to go about bowling with the new ball.” He further added.
In IPL 2020, Shami was about to play from Kings XI Punjab but due to coronavirus pandemic the IPL has been postponed indefinitely.