<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shami Ahmed thanks Wasim Akram, Gautam Gambhir for guidance" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130107160558.jpg" title="Shami Ahmed thanks Wasim Akram, Gautam Gambhir for guidance" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> India beat Pakistan by 10 runs in a low-scoring thriller at New Delhi on Sunday © PTI</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Jan 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Indian seamer <a href="/tags/Shami-Ahmed/post" target="_blank">Shami Ahmed</a> on Monday recalled the valuable inputs he has received from <a href="/tags/Gautam-Gambhir/post" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a> and former Pakistan cricketer <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a>, as he played his first game in international cricket and contributed in the team’s consolatory win in the third ODI against Pakistan at New Delhi.<br /> <br /> Shami impressed with the bowling figures of 9-4-23-1, including the penultimate over, which was a wicket maiden, to contribute in India’s win.<br /> <br /> He told bcci.tv, "I’m quite used to that situation when I play for Bengal because all the weight of the bowling is generally on (Ashok) Dinda and me, especially in such situations. Having said that, international cricket is a different ball game altogether and there was pressure."<br /> <br /> "The intensity is on a different level when playing against Pakistan. As a player, you’re perhaps much keener to do something special. But when bowling my last over, I decided to calm my nerves and try to do the sensible thing of stopping runs rather than going all-out for wickets. I knew as the run-rate goes high, the pressure on them will keep mounting," he added.<br /> <br /> Shami also recalled the special moment when he got his India cap from senior cricketer and <a href="/tags/KKR/post" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a>’ teammate Gautam Gambhir.<br /> <br /> "I’ve never been as happy in my life as I was the moment I got my first India cap. Gautam <em>bhai </em>presented me the cap and told me that this is just the beginning. He said my aim should be to play for India for a long time. It was special coming from him," he said.<br /> <br /> "Making my debut against Pakistan and performing pretty decently to help the team win – there’s not much more I could have asked for," added Shami.<br /> <br /> The Bengal seamer said it makes huge difference when fielders do their job perfectly.<br /> <br /> "As a bowler, even if I bowl a bad ball and don’t go for runs, it does boost my confidence. In fact, it motivates me further and I automatically tend to bowl follow it up with a good ball. It was very cold and it was difficult to keep the body warm and agile. Since the fielding was good, the intensity was high and that helped a lot," he said.<br /> <br /> Talking about the valuable feedback he received from Akram, Shami said, "The small things that he’s taught me have made me a better bowler. Things like bowling with the old ball, reversing it and maintaining it, which line to bowl when you’re trying to reverse swing the ball. He’s taught me a lot when it comes to using the white ball."<br /> <br /> Shami concluded, "As an opening batsman Gauti <em>bhai</em> keeps telling me what a new ball should do to trouble the batsman. Every time I bowl to him in the nets [at KKR] he doesn’t only concentrate on his batting. He makes it a point to give me honest feedback on every delivery, which helps me improve."