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Mohammed Shami



Mohammed Shami Ahmed (born 3 September 1990) is an Indian international cricketer, who plays for the Indian national cricket team in all formats of the game as a bowler. He plays domestically for Bengal and in the Indian Premier League for Punjab Kings.

He is a right-arm fast bowler, who has bowled consistently at around 140 km/h (87 mph), moving the ball off the seam and using swing, including reverse swing, to move the ball both ways. Shami has been described as a fine bowler at the end of a limited-overs inning and as “unplayable” at times in all formats.

Shami made his international debut in a One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan in January 2013, bowling four maiden overs. His Test debut in November 2013 saw him take a five-wicket haul against the West Indies. He is the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets. During the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he became the second Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in a World Cup match. As of 2022 Shami has an A grade central contract from the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), the second-highest grade of contract.


Personal Information
Full name Mohammad Shami Ahmed
Born 3 September 1990 (age 31)
Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, India
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast[a]
Role Bowler
Relations Mohammed Kaif (brother)[1]
International Information
National side  India (2013–present)
Test debut (cap 279) 6 November 2013 v West Indies
Last Test 11 January 2022 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 195) 6 January 2013 v Pakistan
Last ODI 29 November 2020 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 11
T20I debut (cap 46) 21 March 2014 v Pakistan
Last T20I 8 November 2021 v Namibia
T20I shirt no. 11
Domestic Team Information
Years Team
2010/11–present Bengal
2011–2013 Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 11)
2014–2018 Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 11)
2019–present Punjab Kings (squad no. 11)


Early Life and Career

Shami grew up in the village of Sahaspur in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, one of five children. His father Tauseef Ali was a farmer who had been a fast bowler in his youth when Shami was 15 he was taken to Badruddin Siddique, a cricket coach in Moradabad, a town 22 kilometers (14 mi) from his home.

“When I first saw him [Shami] bowling at the nets as a 15-year-old kid, I knew this boy is not ordinary. So I decided to train him. For one year I prepared him for the UP trials, as we don’t have club cricket over here. He was very co-operative, very regular and very hard working. He never took a day off from training. During the under 19 trials he bowled really well, but due to politics, he missed out on selection. They asked me to bring him next year, but at that moment I didn’t want Shami to miss one year. So I advised his parents to send him to Kolkata.

Domestic Career

Eden Gardens, Bengal’s home ground and where Shami made both his first-class and Test match debuts

Shami took four wickets on his senior debut for Bengal in a Twenty20 match in October 2010. He made his first-class cricket debut the following month against Assam at Eden Gardens, taking three wickets in a high-scoring match.

Shami was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders, an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, in 2011; Kolkata’s head coach Dav Whatmore had worked with the Bengal Cricket Association and had identified Shami, who had played Twenty20 matches for Bengal, as a player with potential. He played a single match for the side in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20, but despite being touted as a player likely to make an impact ahead of the 2012 tournament, he did not play in the IPL until 2013, making three appearances for Kolkata during the season.

After being released by Delhi ahead of the 2019 season Shami was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 player auction for 4.8 Crores INR.


International Cricket

Shami made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2013 in front of his home crowd at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Shami was included in the squad of team India for the 2018 tour of England and he was featured in all five Tests. He finished the series with 16 wickets, with his best performance coming in the penultimate match of the series, taking 6 wickets.

During the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship, in the 2019 India-West Indies two-match test series, Shami took 9 wickets, while he took 13 and 5 wickets in the series against South Africa (2019) and New Zealand (2020) respectively. He was included in the playing XI of the first international pink-ball Test match organized in India, at Eden Gardens as the second match of the 2019–20 Bangladesh Tour of India, where he took two wickets. During the tour, he also reached the seventh position in the ICC Men’s Player Rankings after taking 7 wickets in the first match, with his 790 rating points being the third-best for an India pace bowler with only Kapil Dev (877) and Jasprit Bumrah (832) having reached a higher rating previously.

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