Mohammed Shami is a professional cricketer who plays for India at the international level and Bengal at the domestic level. He was born on 9 March 1990 in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is a right arm fast medium bowler. He is known for his ability to generate pace and swing with the old ball.
Shami comes from a very small village. His father, who is a farmer also wanted to be a fast bowler in his younger days. In fact, he has three brothers and all of them also wanted to be fast bowlers.
When Shami was 15 years old, his father recognized his bowling ability and took him to coach. His father sent him to Kolkata when he failed to make it to the Under-19 team of Uttar Pradesh. Soon, he started playing for the Dalhousie Athletics Club and made his way into the Bengal Under-22 team. In 2010, he made his way into the Bengal Ranji squad.
Shami made his debut for India in the third ODI against Pakistan in Delhi on 6 January, 2013. He performed decently with figures of 1-23 in 9 overs. Shami made his test debut against West Indies in 2013 at Eden Gardens. He picked up 9 wickets in the match.
In T20 internationals, he made his debut against Pakistan in the opening match of 2014 World T20 on 21 March, 2014.
Rise to Glory
Shami rose to prominence very quickly. His ability to maintain a slow economy rate in ODIs was noticed by everyone. Also, he picked up a 5-wicket haul on his Test debut and nine wickets in total, the most by an Indian bowler on debut. Also, his ability to reverse swing the old ball attracted applause from everywhere after his first Test match. He was also a part of the 2015 World Cup squad.
His low patch came recently in 2018 and is still continuing. His promising career is overshadowed by his wife’s allegations of sexual harrassment.
Shami has played in the Indian Premier League for different teams. He was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011 and was retained for the next two seasons as well. He was also a part of the 2012 IPL winning squad.
In the 2014 season, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a handsome amount of 4.25 crores but managed to play only a few matches due to injury. In 2018, he has been bought by Delhi Daredevils again.
Shami holds the record of being the second fastest Indian bowler to fifty ODI wickets. Also, he is the bowler to take maximum wickets on his Test Debut as an Indian.