Mohsin got help from practice sessions with Mohammed Shami during lockdown

(Kushan government)

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) When budding first-class cricketer Imran Khan took his younger brother Mohsin to Badruddin Siddiqui for guidance, the coach could not understand what he had given to the lanky and chubby boy from Moradabad’s Sambal area. Teach.

The same Mohsin has now become a well-known name in tournaments like the Indian Premier League by taking eight wickets in four matches.

Badruddin is one of the well-known grassroots coaches in Uttar Pradesh who taught Mohammed Shami the skills of cricket in his early days.

Badruddin said, “A decade ago, Mohsin’s elder brother Imran used to come to my academy. By that time Shami had gone to Kolkata and used to play Ranji Trophy.

“Imran told me that his younger brother wants to play cricket and can he bring him for practice,” he said.

He said that in the beginning Mohsin was like other 13-year-old boys who used to listen to things sometimes. He said, “Children of that age are like that. Suddenly he used to pick up the bat while bowling. He scolded me a lot but seeing his stature ten years ago, I did not think that he would become a fast bowler.

“His height grew in a year and he was six feet tall,” he said. His game has also improved a lot and he started practicing with full focus.

Mohsin was originally a white-ball bowler but after the first lockdown in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, he got a chance to bowl at Mohammed Shami’s residential academy in Amroha.

Shami has a private ground in his city where he has put up turf pitches. He, his younger brother Mohammad Kaif and Mohsin used to practice there with Badruddin during the lockdown.

Badruddin said, “It was a very small group and I called Mohsin so that he could learn by watching Shami. I wanted Shami to also see him and give some advice.

“I felt Shami was impressed by him and gave him a lot of tips. He often asked about Mohsin. You have seen his bowling but he is such a fine batsman too.