After going through a tough grind through the ranks, he got his chance to represent Bengal at the Ranji Trophy. After this, Shami proved to be one of the stand-out performers in the domestic circuit.
After making an impressive debut against Pakistan cricket team in 2013, Shami slowly became the regular part of the Indian pace attack in Tests as well as ODIs.
Mohammed Shami - Along the Years
First-class debut for Bengal
ODI debut against Pakistan
Test debut against West Indies
T20I debut against Pakistan
IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils
Selected for the 2015 World Cup
Claimed his 100th ODI wicket
Took a hat-trick in the 2019 World Cup
Shami took 9 wickets in his debut Test match in 2013, the most by an Indian pacer on debut.
On 23 January 2019, Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets. Later that year, on 22 June, he became the second Indian to take a hat-trick in a World Cup match.
At the age of fifteen years, Md. Shami started training under the guidance of Badruddin Siddique in Moradabad. Shami failed to make it to the Uttar Pradesh U-19 team and then moved to Kolkata. In Kolkata, he started playing for the Dalhousie Cricket Club where he was noticed by Debabrata Das, a former Cricket Association of Bengal assistant secretary.
Das sent Shami to Mohun Bagan Club, where Sourav Ganguly once saw him bowling and was impressed by his skills. In 2010, Shami made it to the Bengal team and made his first-class debut against Assam, picking up three wickets.
Shami was signed for the 2014 IPL season by Delhi Daredevils and was retained for the 2015 season as well. In 2018, he was bought again by Delhi Daredevils. The next season, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.8 crores and was the highest wicket-taker of the team in 2019.
Shami was selected for India National Cricket Team’s ODI series against Pakistan in 2013 based on an excellent performance in the domestic circuit. In 2014, Shami picked up 11 wickets against New Zealand in a series with an average of 28.72. The same year, he became the second-fastest Indian to take 50 ODI wickets. In the ODI series against England, he took eight wickets and showed great discipline in his bowling. For his performances in 2014, he was named in the World ODI XI by the ICC.
Shami was named for the 2015 ICC World Cup squad in which he took 17 wickets with an average of 17.29. In 2015, he was once against a part of ICC’s World ODI XI. In 2019, Shami became the fastest Indian to reach the 100 wicket milestone in ODI. During the 2019 ICC World Cup, Shami took a hat-trick against Afghanistan and became only the second Indian to do so in a World Cup match.
Shami made his Test debut in 2013 against West Indies cricket team. He took 9 wickets in his debut match, the most by an Indian fast bowler on debut. H was a part of the 2104-15 Border Gavaskar Trophy where he took 15 wickets.
Shami made his T20I debut against Pakistan in the opening match of the 2014 World T20 and took his maiden wicket in the form of Umar Akmal. He was later on dropped from the tournament and never really played a lot of T20I matches, having made just seven t20I appearances in his career.
Shami’s father, Tousif Ali was a farmer and also a fast bowler in his youth.It was he who took Shami to Badruddin Siddique after recognising Shami’s talents in fast bowling. Mohammed Shami has four siblings and all of them aspired to be a fast bowler in their early days.