I thank Allah for what I achieved. It was a dream come true. My aim was to contain the batsmen and support our fast bowlers. I bowled my first three or four overs tightly, without conceding many runs, and bowling the ball in the same area. But when I realised I was getting help from the wicket - some balls were going straight on and others were turning - I decided to attack. Luckily I was successful.
I'm used to bowling in Asia, and you have to be patient there and bowl with great heart. The wickets are slow. You need to push the ball through. I've played here for a few years in league cricket, and I learnt that the wickets are a little quicker and the ball naturally bounces more. That means you need to bowl a little slower here. So I prepared for these wickets, and I think that brought me success.
When I saw the wicket, and the slope from the Pavilion end, I tried to bowl in the same area. I thought if I bowl ten overs in the same place, I'll pick up at least a couple of wickets. That's what I tried, and thankfully I ended up with many more wickets.
"When I went to the press conference, the first question was: 'Shane Warne has tweeted about you, what do you think?' I was surprised. 'What? Shane Warne is talking about me?' It was like a dream come true to be praised by your favourite bowler"
The effect of the slope was that when the ball lands on the shiny side it goes down the hill, and when it lands on the seam it turns. It puts the batsman in two minds - he doesn't know if it's going to land on the shiny side or on the seam. That's why the batsman ends up confused as to whether to play for a legbreak or a ball that goes down the hill.
Yes, we do stay in touch on Twitter, Messenger and Whatsapp. We were in touch before the Lord's match, and he said he wouldn't be there for most of it, but he arrived the day after I took five wickets. He'd been asking me how my bowling is going, how I was coping with the Dukes ball. I said it's harder with the Dukes ball but our camp in Southampton helped me a lot.
No, there was nothing specific but when we met in Sharjah during the England series he did give me advice, including about how to use the crease. I tried to do as he said and it's been very helpful to me, especially in English conditions.
I was No. 10 in the first innings but we sent in Rahat Ali as a nightwatchman. That moved me down to No. 11. In the second innings Misbah just told me I was going in earlier, and I said fine. But my whole effort was to allow my partner to play on. I wanted to fight until the final ball. If the captain needs me to bat in any position, I'm ready.
I made my first class debut in 2003. I played a couple of first-class matches and then I didn't play for three years. I played Grade 2 club cricket instead. The reason was that when I played first-class cricket, my bowling wasn't what I thought it should be for a first-class bowler. It wasn't properly first-class standard. That's why I played Grade 2. I was 16 years old and I wanted to improve my bowling and my performance.
When I started to go to games in the sixth grade at school, I was very small and I was only allowed to field. I loved watching Jonty Rhodes at the time, and I'd dive everywhere. That's why they got me to field. Then I started to bowl in the nets. When I bowled my first ball it don't reach the other end of the net, so I started bowling from halfway down. From there, I worked and gradually improved.
From 2009 to 2012 I played league cricket in Middlesborough. It was quite an experience. In my first game, a crowd gathered to watch the new club professional. It was very cold. I'd just arrived from Pakistan two days earlier. The first ball bounced twice. I thought, okay, my hands are cold, it happens. The next ball did the same thing. The third ball did that too. The next one was a wide. My hands were cold, the ball was different, and they'd asked me to bowl the first over in the match. All the English people watching were laughing. But thankfully, after that I bowled a couple of decent overs and then took five wickets. Once my balls started landing, that was it.
Yes, but I was very sorry we lost Saeed Ajmal. He was our leading spin bowler and he was a big player for us. Whenever a player of that calibre is ruled out, the team is weakened. We really felt his loss, even though I was playing. Also, if we'd played together he could have helped me. But I still got lots of support from the other seniors like Hafeez, Misbah, Younis and Waqar. Waqar motivated me a great deal.
"You need a repeatable action. If your action doesn't fall away, you bowl in the same area, contain the batsman and make life more difficult for him"
There was a camp before my debut series against Australia, and we worked hard on my action. Mushtaq Ahmed worked with me and told me I needed a repeatable action. He said, "If you keep bowling in the same area in a Test match you'll pick up a lot of wickets." He motivated me and worked very hard on my action in the nets.
My legbreak is working fine but I try to learn something new every day. I'm working on my topspinner but my googly is improving and I'm starting to land it more consistently. I used to avoid bowling a googly in a match and it was hard with my action, but I've worked on it and it's improved. All the variations are important for a legspinner, so you can bowl a ball when you want and a batsman will then find you hard to hit.
I felt miserable. You blame yourself for what happened, and for when things go wrong with the team. I watched the World T20 match against India and it was a spinner's wicket. R Ashwin bowled the first ball and it turned alarmingly. I felt so bad that I couldn't sleep all night. I was blaming myself, but you learn from these mistakes.
I've worked hard, and I've been blessed. I'll keep working hard, and do my best to perform for Pakistan. It might seem sudden but behind this is the result of 12 or more years of effort. If I'd lost heart whenever I lost my place, I wouldn't have got anywhere. Whenever there was a disappointment I decided to work harder and perform better. I hope the performances continue to improve and help Pakistan.
To keep playing and to remain fit. To keep performing as well as I can. However long I play, I want to play for Pakistan's pride and help Pakistan win. I'm very happy my name is on the honours board at Lord's, and I'm confident we can keep performing well and keep winning in England.
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. @KamranAbbasi