<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shami Ahmed credits Wasim Akram for helping him develop as a seam bowler" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/c374bf56a27d83c3d7ddf91c2633db60.jpeg" title="Shami Ahmed credits Wasim Akram for helping him develop as a seam bowler" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:585px;"> Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram helped Shami Ahmed during his stint at Kolkata Knight Riders © AFP<br /> </p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Dec 23, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Shami-Ahmed/post" target="_blank">Shami Ahmed</a> is indebted to <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> bowling great <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> who, the Bengal pacer said, played as instrumental role in his progression as a seam bowler.<br /> <br /> Riding on his impressive performance in the domestic circuit, Shami, on Sunday got an <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India</a> call up after the national selectors named him in the 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Pakistan.<br /> <br /> "Wasim bhai helped me a lot as <a href="/tags/Kolkata-Knight-Riders/post" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> coach. He told me that the key to take wickets is to reverse the ball by bowling 135kmph-plus. He told me if I can reverse swing at that pace then I can be successful," Shami said.<br /> <br /> "I have worked really hard after getting his tips. I did some heavy weight training to increase my stamina so that I can bowl at pace consistently. His tips have helped me in getting wickets. I am thankful to him," said the humble 22-year-old right-arm pacer who hails from Sahaspur in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh.<br /> <br /> Shami registered a match haul of 10 for 107 to bowl Bengal to their first Ranji Trophy victory this season in the previous match against Hyderabad at <a href="/tags/Eden-Gardens/post" target="_blank">Eden Gardens</a>. He has also captured 28 wickets from five Ranji Trophy games this season.<br /> <br /> "This is the best thing to have ever happened to me. I got to know about this from Saurashish Lahiri and spoke to my parents," Shami said about his selection in the national team.<br /> <br /> "I am told that there's already a celebration outside my house with people beating drums and dancing.<br /> <br /> "Whatever I am today is because of my parents. They have supported me always and I am lucky to get their full backing," he added.