Mohammed Shami overview

Mohammed Shami Ahmed was born on 3rd September 1990 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is one of the best fast bowlers India has now and is also considered to be one of the best in the world. Shami originally hails from Sahaspur village in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh. His father who was a fast bowler in his younger days worked as a farmer. Shami’s father recognized his son’s bowling abilities and took him to Badruddin Siddique, his first Cricket coach.

When Siddique saw him bowling in the nets as a 15-year old, he knew that he was not looking at an ordinary boy. So, he started preparing Shami for the UP trials. Although Shami was very hardworking as a bowler and never missed a training session as told by his coach, due political corruption he was not selected in the trials. The coach understood the situation and advised Shami’s parents to take him to Bengal in 2005.

Shami started playing for the Dalhousie Athletic Club. Shami got noticed by Debabrata Das, a former assistant secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal While he was playing for this club. Das was impressed with Shami's bowling and signed him into his team, Town Club, with a contract of Rs 75,000. Das took Shami, to his own residence as he had no place to stay in Kolkata. Shami bowled exceptionally for Town Club but could not manage to seal a spot for the Bengal Under-22 team. Das approached one of the selectors, Samarban Banerjee, and asked him to watch Shami bowling in the nets. Banerjee was also impressed with Shami’s go at the nets and selected him for the Bengal Under-22 team.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 49 64 20 497 51 11.3 647 76.82 0 0 1 50 20
ODI 77 36 17 147 25 7.74 180 81.67 0 0 0 11 6
IPL 63 19 9 56 21 5.6 56 100.0 0 0 0 5 2

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 49 94 8897 4925 180 6/56 9/118 3.32 27.36 49.43 5 0
ODI 77 76 3930 3661 144 5/69 5/69 5.59 25.42 27.29 1 0
T20 11 11 238 382 12 3/38 3/38 9.63 31.83 19.83 0 0
IPL 63 63 1354 2007 60 3/15 3/15 8.89 33.45 22.57 0 0

Early signs

According to Debabrata Das, Shami was never interested in the money and fame, his only high was the sound of the stumps falling. His raw pace and precision impressed each and everyone around him. Shami was then sent to the Mohan Bagan Club so that he could play against the top clubs. After joining the club, he got to bowl at Sourav Ganguly at the Eden Gardens. Ganguly was so impressed with Shami’s skills that he himself asked the selectors to “take special care of him”. Shami eventually got a place in the Bengal Ranji Squad in 2010.

ODI Career

Shami made his ODI debut against Pakistan on 6th January 2013 at the Arun Jaitley stadium. He has played in 77 matches so far and has scalped 144 wickets at an average of 27.29. He has an economy rate of 5.59 and his best figures in a match is 5/69 with five-wicket haul to his name.

Test career

Shami made his debut in Test cricket against the West Indies on 6th November 2013, in front of his home crowd at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He took his maiden Test wicket in that match by getting Kieran Powell out. Shami finished with exceptional figures of 17–2–71–4 in the first innings of the match. In the second innings, his figures were 13.1–0–47–5. This was not any ordinary debut for a bowler, he took 9 wickets in that match which also is the most number of wickets taken by an Indian pacer surpassing Munaf Patel’s 7/97.

IPL career

Shami made his IPL debut against the RR - Rajasthan on 8th April 2013 for the KKR - Kolkata. He was then, signed by Delhi Daredevils for the 2014 season but could play only a few matches in that season. Shami was bought by KXIP - Punjab team in the player auction in December 2018. He has grabbed 40 wickets in the 49 matches he has played so far.

ICC Trophies

Shami is a sheer piece of natural talent and hard work. Players like him set an example for other players hailing from small towns. He is true example of how you can face all kinds hurdles in life, be it financial or political you can still make it big if you believe you can.


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