Shami Ahmed credits Akram, Gambhir for success in debut ODI

Updated: Jan 09, 2013, 15:15 PM IST

New Delhi: Young Indian pacer Shami Ahmed has credited Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram and Indian opener Gautam Gambhir for his success.

The 22-year-old on his debut against Pakistan in the third and final ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla Sunday bowled a game-changing 48th over which gave India a 10 runs win in the dead rubber, reports the Daily Times.

Akram, who is also Ahmed`s bowling mentor in the Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, gave him valuable tips on how to reverse the old ball, particularly the white ball, while Gambhir explained to him the importance of bowling the right line and length to an opening batsman, Ahmed said.

With Pakistan needing 25 runs from the last three overs having two wickets in hand, Shami bowled a wicket-maiden to swing the match in India`s favour. The debutant finished with figures of 9-4-23-1.