Full Name: Mohammed Shami Ahmed
Born: September 3, 1990
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Attack: Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Family & Relatives
Father: Tousif Ali
Mother: Anjum Ara
Brother(s): Mohammad Haseeb and 2 more
Marital Status: Married to Hasin Jahan (Model)
Wife/Girlfriend: Hasin Jahan (m. 2014-present)
Daughter: Aairah Shami (Born July 2015)
Mohammad Shami has been a key member of the Indian team ever since he has made his debut. He has been phenomenal in all forms of the game. Against all the odds, Shami has emerged as the go-to man of the Indian bowling attack in all the 3-formats of the game.
Mohammed Shami Cricket Career
Mohammad Shami Ahmed was born on 3 September 1990 at Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, India. His family hails from Sahaspur village in Amroha. Shami started training early after his father had identified his talent at a very young age. He was trained by Badruddin Siddique, a cricket coach who advised Shami’s father to send him to Kolkata when snubbed from the U-19 selections. Paying heed to Siddique’s advice, Shami moved to Kolkata and started playing for Dalhousie Athletic Club. He was noticed by Debabrata Das, a former Cricket Association of Bengal assistant secretary. A few years later, Shami was selected for the U-22 Bengal side.
“If anyone should get the credit of introducing Shami to Bengal cricket, it should go to Suman Chakraborty of Dalhousie AC… He asked me to come to the Rajasthan Club ground one day, and what impressed me most in Shami was his bowling action. Specially his economy, because of which Shami hardly bowls any no-balls,” says Debabrata Das, secretary of Town Club, where the pacer moved to soon after.
Shami toiled hard in the nets and consistently delivered for his club, picking up over 40 wickets for Town Club in the Kolkata league. He went through a tough grind in club cricket and finally got his deserved chance to represent Bengal in the Ranji Trophy in 2010. He made his debut against Assam and bagged 3 wickets. Shami impressed everyone with his noteworthy performances and proved to be one of the stand-out performers in the tournament. After commendable performances in the domestic season, he was selected for the India A squad in 2012. He shared a match-winning partnership of 73 runs for the 10th wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara during India A’s unofficial Test match against the West Indies A in June 2012. Soon after, owing to remarkable performances on a regular basis, Shami was handed an ODI debut in early 2013. He has never looked back since and has become an integral part of Team India in all the 3 formats.
Shami made his Test debut against West Indies in Kolkata on November 6, 2013. He scalped 9 wickets in the match, with a 5-wicket haul in the second innings. India won the match by an innings and 51 runs. In his Test career, Shami has taken 180 wickets in 95 innings of 50 matches at an average of 27.59 and an economy rate of 3.31, with 5 five -wicket hauls. His best bowling performance in an innings has been 6 for 56 and in a Test match 9 for 118.
Shami made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla on Jan 6 2013 and had a remarkable outing, with two wickets on debut. He became the fastest Indian to take 100 wickets in ODIs. He currently has 148 wickets to his name with a superb economy rate of 5.63. His 17 wickets in the 2015 World Cup helped him hog the spotlight. He became a regular starter in the team and delivered every time. His wicket-taking ability in the middle overs has proved to be very effective and he has also developed his death-bowling skills recently, which make him one of the most potent pacer in world cricket at the moment.
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 didn’t get a lot of opportunities to play T20Is and has made just twelve T20I appearances in his career. He currently has 12 wickets to his name with an economy rate of 9.8 and average of 35.67.
- 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.