<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shami Ahmed told to treat India ODI debut as Ranji match" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130108192046.jpg" title="Shami Ahmed told to treat India ODI debut as Ranji match" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shami Ahmed became an overnight sensation following his good performance in the third ODI between India and Pakistan at Delhi © PTI</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Jan 8, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Elated with his favourite student making an impressive ODI debut for India, <a href="/tags/Shami-Ahmed/post" target="_blank">Shami Ahmed</a>'s coach <a href="/tags/Badruddin-Siddique/post" target="_blank">Badruddin Siddique</a> said he advised the young speedster to treat his first international outing as just a Ranji game.<br /> <br /> Shami made his debut for India against <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a> in the third and final ODI of the three-match series.<br /> <br /> "He called me in morning of the match to inform that he was playing and sounded nervous. I told him to treat it as a <a href="/tags/Ranji-Trophy/post" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy</a> match where he is bowling for Bengal. What made me proud is that he bowled four successive maidens.<br /> <br /> "An Indian record on debut and he could have even emulated the great <a href="/tags/Andy-Roberts/post" target="_blank">Andy Roberts</a>' feat of five consecutive maidens. What more can a coach ask for?," Badruddin told PTI from his Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) residence.<br /> <br /> Asked what makes Shami a special bowler, the coach said: "Shami always seeks perfection. Among the 250-odd students who I coached, his sincerity stands out. If I ask him to correct something in his game, he won't rest unless he gets it done.<br /> <br /> In fact, there were times when I got irritated when he pestered me to watch every delivery that he bowled. Even if I had told him that he was doing it right, he would insist me to watch every delivery."<br /> <br /> Badruddin feels that turning point for Shami was shifting to Bengal rather than staying in UP.<br /> <br /> "In UP, the state team selection is on the basis of trials and I felt it was better off to send him to Bengal where he could get to play a lot of club matches.<br /> <br /> "Shami first played club cricket, then Bengal U-22, senior <a href="/tags/Bengal/post" target="_blank">Bengal</a> T20 squad followed by Ranji Trophy. So it has been a gradual rise to the national team. But trust me, this is just the beginning," he insisted.<br /> <br /> The coach said that despite coming from an affluent background (his father Tausif Ahmed is a farmer and also one of the leaders of the nearby Alinagar village Panchayat), the 22-year-old comes across as a humble person.<br /> <br /> "He is the most obedient and humble lad. His is a family of farmers and they are financially well off. But I haven't seen him throw his weight around during practice. Unlike a lot of other boys, I have never seen him speak on the cell phone during training sessions.<br /> <br /> "He used to be very quiet before he shifted base to Kolkata. Once he started playing for Bengal, he has now learnt to open up a bit," said Badruddin.