Mohammad Sami is a Pakistani cricketer who has represented his country in all forms of the game. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on February 24, 1981.
After Rawalpindi-born Shoaib Akhtar, Sami bowls right-arm fast and was known as one of Pakistan’s fastest bowlers. Sami’s yorkers are lightning swift and accurate, and his swing is legendary.
Sami’s domestic achievements earned him praise and appreciation, eventually leading to his selection for the senior team in 2001.
His career began at the National Bank of Pakistan, where he worked with a team that helped him achieve recognition. After Shoaib Akhtar, he was supposed to be the next big pacer, and he was expected to remain. Most batsmen were put off by Sami’s ability to regularly release the ball at 145 kmph, but his precision overshadowed his speed.
Mohammad Sami made his international debut against New Zealand on March 8, 2001. He bowled a brilliant spell in both innings, ending with figures of 8/106. At the time, these numbers were a world record for most wickets by a debutant.
Sami made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on April 8, 2001. He didn’t get any wickets, but his bowling was tight, with an economy of 4.00.
Sami made his T20 debut against Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 on May 1, 2010. By taking three wickets and leading Pakistan to a 21-run victory, he put Bangladesh on the back foot.
Rise to Glory
Mohammad Sami’s yorkers quickly received international acclaim, and he was expected to become a popular figure among Pakistanis. On his test debut, he took eight wickets, including a 5-wicket haul in the second innings.
Sami has a hattrick in each of the three styles, making him the first bowler to do so. In 2001, in his third test match, he scored a hattrick against Sri Lanka in a test series. The second hattrick came in an ODI series against the West Indies in 2002. His third hattrick came in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2017, making him the only bowler to have three hattricks in all formats.
Mohammad Sami was a director of Pakistan’s National Bank from 2001 to 2006 before joining the Karachi Dolphins. He then signed up for the unofficial Indian Cricket League in 2007 after a brief spell with Sussex.
In the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United purchased Sami in 2016. With 12 wickets from seven matches, he finished his rookie season as the second highest wicket-taker.
Sami joined the Jamaica Tallawahs of the Caribbean Premier League in 2017, and he currently plays for them.