Owais Shah March 31, 2013

'It was amazing to bat with Ponting'

Owais Shah on batting with his hero, and the time he got tonked on the head

First bat
I was nine years old when my dad bought me a Gunn & Moore Skipper. I have it somewhere. I can't remember exactly where but I do actually have it still. I played for Wycombe House Cricket Club. I remember getting a 56 for the Under-10s.

First time at Lord's
I went there with my coach when I was 12. I watched England take on Australia. It was a great game of cricket, and I had a really good time.

First time I was hit on the head
When I was about ten, I top-edged a ball onto my forehead. That wasn't nice. I wasn't wearing a helmet, so I got a bump.

First hero I batted with
I batted with Ricky Ponting about a month ago. It was an amazing experience. He kept it pretty simple. He is a good person, a great batsman, and someone I looked up to in my career.

First embarrassing moment on the field
I got my first pair against Nottinghamshire in first-class cricket. It was pretty embarrassing. Actually I got another pair two games later, so that month was one to forget.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent