Karachi: Indian pacer Mohammad Shami admitted that former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram and his countrymate Zaheer Khan played a massive role in shaping his bowling career.
Shami had the opportunity to work with Pakistan legendary pacer who was associated with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) as a bowling mentor.
“When I came to KKR, I realized the skill and value associated with cricket. I watched Wasim Akram all my life on television, but with KKR, I had the chance to learn from him.,” he said in an Instagram live session.
“In early days, I was not even able to talk to him but Wasim Bhai came up to me and he initiated the conversation, he started telling me tips about bowling. He read my mind very fast, he realized what I am all about, I learned a lot from him. If you have someone experienced close to you, then you should not shy away and try to learn maximum things as well,” Shami added.
He also added that when India and Pakistan faced off against each other, he used to like Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan.
It must be noted that Shami is one of the main assets of Indian bowling in ODI and Test formats.