Mohammed Shami - The Bengal Express
Mohammed Shami is one of the Indian cricket team’s best bowlers in all formats today. Shami’s career had many rough patches in the beginning. He joined the Mohun Bagan Cricket Club and bowled to Sourav Ganguly in the nets of the Eden Gardens. 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 and made his India ODI debut in January 2013. Shami had a dream Test debut for Team India in November 2013 against the West Indies, where he took 9 wickets in the match. His 9-wicket haul was the most by an Indian bowler on Test debut.
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. but Shami struggled to pick wickets. He was then picked by Team Punjab in 2019 and now is part of the Gujarat Team squad.
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Mohammed Shami’s Personal Details
- Mohammed Shami Ahmed
- Date of Birth
- 3rd September, 1990
- Jonagar, West Bengal (India)
- Bowling Style
- Right-handed fast bowler
- Playing Role
- Current Team
- India National Cricket Team, Gujarat Team
- Jersey Number
Mohammed Shami’s Current Rankings
Mohammed Shami’s Stats
- Best Figures
- 9/118 vs WI
- 5/69 vs ENG
- 3/15 vs Scotland
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. 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.
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 was then released in the 2019 season and was signed by Team Punjab for ₹4.8 crore. In his first season for Punjab, he picked 19 wickets and 20 wickets in the following season in 2020. In the season of 2021, he finished with 19 wickets again, becoming only the fourth bowler for Punjab to take 50 wickets. Shami was bought by Gujarat Team for ₹6.25 crore at the 2022 mega auction.
- Best Figures
- Indian T20 League
- 3/15 vs Delhi
Mohammed Shami: FAQs
Mohammed Shami was born in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh and moved to Kolkata to have better cricket facilities and opportunities in the state team.
Shami's fastest ball is 153.3 km/hr bowled against Australia during 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Mohammed Shami (225 wickets at 27.49) has more Test wickets than Jasprit Bumrah (128 wickets at 21.99) but has a higher bowling average. Bumrah is a better limited overs bowler.