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Mohammed Shami - The Bengal Express

Born in a small village in Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Shami is one of the Indian cricket team’s best bowlers in all formats today. The fast bowler’s career had many rough patches in the beginning. In 2005, he was not selected for Uttar Pradesh’s Under-19 team after which his coach Badruddin Siddique sent him to Kolkata. Having joined the Mohun Bagan Cricket Club, he bowled to Sourav Ganguly in the nets of the Eden Garden, after which he was recommended by the former Indian captain to the state selectors of Bengal.

Mohammed Shami made his domestic debut for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy in 2010. Following his impressive performances, he was selected in the India A team that toured the West Indies in 2012. He finally got his India call-up in the 2012-13 ODI series against Pakistan, making his ODI debut in January 2013. The 31-year-old was also selected for India’s tour to Australia later that year and he picked up 3 wickets in the only match he played. Shami had a dream Test debut for Team India in November 2013 against the West Indies, where he took 4 wickets in the first innings and a 5-wicket haul in the second innings. His 9-wicket haul was the most by an Indian bowler on Test debut. His good performances also earned him a spot on the Indian team for the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Initially picked by Team Kolkata in the Indian T20 League, the fast bowler didn’t get enough chances to prove himself in the tournament. After his impressive debut in international cricket, Team Delhi bought him in 2014. However, Shami could not replicate his form in the Indian T20 League and struggled to pick wickets, with an economy rate of more than 9 runs per over. He was then picked by Team Punjab in 2019 and spent the next three seasons there before being bought by the newly introduced Gujarat team in the auction this year for a fee of ₹6.25 crores.

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Mohammed Shami’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Mohammed Shami Ahmed
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 3rd September, 1990
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Jonagar, West Bengal (India)
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′7″
    • Bowling Style
    • :
    • Right-handed fast bowler
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Bowler
    • Teams Played For
    • :
    • India, Kolkata, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat

Mohammed Shami’s Current Rankings

Mohammed Shami’s Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Balls Bowled
    • Runs
    • Wickts
    • Best Figures
    • Eco
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 5W
    • Test
    • 58
    • 110
    • 10533
    • 5745
    • 212
    • 9/118 vs WI
    • 3.27
    • 27.09
    • 49.60
    • 6
    • ODI
    • 79
    • 78
    • 4044
    • 3793
    • 148
    • 5/69 vs ENG
    • 5.63
    • 25.63
    • 27.32
    • 1
    • T20I
    • 17
    • 17
    • 357
    • 568
    • 18
    • 3/15 vs Scotland
    • 9.55
    • 31.56
    • 21.14
    • 0

Mohammed Shami – Key Skills and Strengths

Shami has been one of the few bowlers in the modern era of Indian cricket to consistently bowl over 140 kmph. He is considered to be a complete fast bowler by many cricket pundits. Along with clocking over 90 miles per hour, the Indian pacer also has the ability to swing the ball both ways. His wrist and upright seam position help him get movement from the moment he releases the ball. Shami also has a great talent of reverse-swinging the ball. These features in his bowling make him a deadly bowler to face both at the start and at the end of the innings. Although he has been a little toward the expensive side in his career with respect to his economy rate, Shami has a knack for picking wickets at the very right time. His variations with bouncers and yorkers and his ability of hitting the stumps make him one of the best in the business today. While he has been one of India’s best in the limited-overs format, he also has performed well with the red ball. The Bengal-born bowler is the third-fastest Indian to pick 150 wickets in Test cricket. Another major factor in his recent success has been his fitness. He has been injury-free for a while now, thus making him the go-to bowler in all three formats of the game.

Mohammed Shami’s Awards and Achievements

Here some of Shami’s notable achievements in international cricket:

  • Shami has the most number of consecutive 4-wicket hauls (3) in ODIs.

  • He is the seventh-fastest to 100 wickets in ODIs.

  • He bowled a record four maiden overs in his ODI debut against Pakistan.

  • He is the fastest Indian to take 100 ODI wickets

  • He registered the second-best figures for India on debut by taking 9 for 118 in his first Test match, which was against the West Indies.

Mohammed Shami’s Indian T20 League Journey

After a disappointing spell with Team Kolkata, the Indian fast bowler was picked by Team Delhi in 2014 for ₹4.25 crore. Shami played 12 matches in his first season for Delhi, picking up 7 wickets. He missed the entire season in 2015 due to an injury before making his comeback in 2016 after being retained by the franchise. However, due to poor form, he played a total of only 12 matches in the next two seasons, picking just 8 wickets. He was then released in the 2019 season and was signed by Team Punjab for ₹4.8 crore. Since then, he has been one of the best bowlers in the Indian T20 League and an integral part of Team Punjab. In his first season for Punjab, he picked up 19 wickets and 20 wickets in the following season in 2020. In the 2021 season, he finished with 19 wickets again, becoming only the fourth bowler for Punjab to take 50 wickets.He was released by the Punjab team ahead of the mega auction 2022 and was bought by the Gujarat team after a fierce bidding war.

    • Format
    • M
    • Balls Bowled
    • Runs
    • Wickets
    • Best Figures
    • Eco
    • Avg
    • SR
    • Indian T20 League
    • 79
    • 1670
    • 2402
    • 79
    • 3/15 vs Delhi
    • 8.63
    • 30.40
    • 21.13

Mohammed Shami: FAQs

Who was Mohammed Shami’s coach/mentor?

His father in 2005 took him to Moradabad to play under the watchful eyes of Badruddin Siddique.

Who are Mohammed Shami’s role models?

Shami revealed that Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan have played an important role in shaping his career.

Who does Mohammed Shami hate bowling to?

He hated bowling to Cheteshwar Pujara, as that latter played him the best.

What is Mohammed Shami’s favorite delivery?

The Indian pacer loves bowling yorkers, especially with the old ball.

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