Mohammed Shami is an Indian international cricketer who plies his trade for Bengal in domestic cricket.
He made his ODI debut against Pakistan in January 2013 where he bowled a record four maiden overs. He made his Test debut in November 2013 against West Indies and picked a five-wicket haul.
Shami was born in Sahaspur village in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh. His father Tousif Ali was a farmer. Shami’s bowling talent was spotted early by his father and the latter took his son to Badruddin Siddique a cricket coach in Moradabad.
Shami was sent to Kolkata by Badruddin in 2005 after he missed out on a spot in Uttar Pradesh’s Under-19 team. The fast-bowler started his playing career in Bengal with Dalhousie Athletic Club. Shami was soon noticed by Debabrata Das, a former assistant secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Impressed with Shami’s bowling, Das drafted him into his team, Town Club, with a contract of Rs 75,000. Shami then made it to Bengal’s Under-22 team after Das convinced Samarban Banerjee, one of the selectors, to watch the pacer. Shami finally made it to Bengal’s Ranji team in 2010.
His career graph finally took the upward direction when he was selected for the West Indies A tour in 2012 following his consistent domestic performances. He made an instant impression in the tour with his pace and movement he extracted on pitches which had little or no assistance for fast bowlers. The 10-wicket haul at Eden Gardens and the 11-wicket haul on unhelpful Indore track made Shami one of the most sought-after pacers in the domestic circuit.
He finally made his ODI debut in early 2013. It took him some time but he steadily became one of the bowling mainstays of the limited-over side, becoming the second-fastest Indian to 50 ODI wickets in the process. He further enhanced his reputation with a stunning performance in 2015 World Cup, finishing the tournament with 17 wickets and ending up as one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament. It was later revealed that he had played the World Cup through a knee injury. He was also India’s most economical bowler in the tournament.
He made his Test debut against the West Indies during the series which will be always remembered as Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series. He immediately impressed with his versatility as he took 9 wickets on debut. He failed to perform on the early promises in New Zealand and South Africa, and struggled on the tour to England. But he proved his worth in gold during the tour of Australia by picking up 15 wickets in 3 Tests before falling prey to injury again.
Shami has been a force to reckon with across formats when fit and has constantly been included in the playing eleven. However, injuries has been his nemesis so far and as a result he has not quite managed to play for a long period at a stretch. Shami has already proved his potential and if he can remain injury free, he can do wonders with the white ball as well as the red ball.
In January 2018, Delhi Daredevils signed him up for the Indian Premier League.