Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, who on Wednesday, made a dream Test debut against the West Indies at the Eden Gardens, dedicated his performance to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, playing his farewell series.

“My biggest achievement is that Sachin is with me so I would dedicate my performance to him as well as my family whose support enabled me to be what I am today,” 23-year-old Shami told the media after taking four for 71 to enable India to skittle the visitors out for 234.

Shami, who hails from a nondescript village in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, said without the support of his family it was impossible for him to be a cricketer.

“Cricket has no place from where I belong. My mother always used to back me. Except for a school ground, there is no infrastructure. It was because of my family that I am what I am today,” said Shami, adding that his father and brothers were all pacers though they never got the opportunity to showcase their skills on a big stage.

(With inputs from IANS)