Mohammed Shami Bio

Mohammed Shami began his training in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, under Badruddin. He moved to Kolkata a few years back and was picked for the Bengal U-22 team.

After a long climb through the ranks, he was given the opportunity to play for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy. Shami went on to become one of the most notable players on the domestic circuit after that.

After an impressive debut against Pakistan in 2013, Shami gradually established himself as a frequent member of India’s pace attack in both Tests and ODIs.


In 2013, Shami became the first Indian pacer to take nine wickets in a Test match.

Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets on January 23, 2019. He became the second Indian to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match later that year, on June 22.


Domestic Career

Md. Shami began his training in Moradabad at the age of fifteen, under the guidance of Badruddin Siddique. Shami moved to Kolkata after struggling to make the Uttar Pradesh U-19 team. He began playing cricket for the Dalhousie Cricket Club in Kolkata, where he was discovered by Debabrata Das, a former Assistant Secretary of the Bengal Cricket Association.

Das sent Shami to the Mohun Bagan Club, where he was once seen bowling by Sourav Ganguly, who was fascinated by his abilities. Shami was called up to Bengal in 2010 and made his first-class debut against Assam, taking three wickets.

IPL Career

Delhi Daredevils signed Shami for the 2014 IPL season, and he was re-signed for the 2015 season. The Delhi Daredevils repurchased him in 2018. The Kings XI Punjab bought him for Rs 4.8 crores the next season, and he was the team’s leading wicket-taker in 2019.

International Career

Shami was picked for the Indian National Cricket Team’s ODI series against Pakistan in 2013 after a stellar domestic season. In a series against New Zealand in 2014, Shami took 11 wickets at an average of 28.72. He became the second-fastest Indian to take 50 ODI wickets in the same year. He took eight wickets in the ODI series against England and bowled with great consistency. The ICC called him to the World ODI XI for his 2014 performances.

Shami was selected to the 2015 ICC World Cup squad after taking 17 wickets at an average of 17.29 in the tournament. He was once a member of the ICC’s World ODI XI in 2015. Shami became the first Indian to cross the 100-wicket mark in one-day internationals in 2019. Shami scored a hat-trick against Afghanistan during the 2019 ICC World Cup, being just the second Indian to do so in a World Cup match.

Shami made his Test debut against the West Indies in 2013. In his debut match, he took nine wickets, the most by an Indian fast bowler. H was a member of the Border Gavaskar Trophy team in 2014-15, taking 15 wickets.

In the opening match of the 2014 World T20, Shami made his T20I debut against Pakistan and took his first wicket in the form of Umar Akmal. He was later dropped from the tournament and never really played many T20I matches in his career, making just seven appearances.


Tousif Ali, Shami’s father, was a farmer and a fast bowler in his youth. After recognising Shami’s fast bowling abilities, he took him to Badruddin Siddique. Mohammed Shami has four brothers and sisters, all of whom aspired to be fast bowlers when they were younger.

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