Born to a farmer in 1990, Mohammed Shami is a right-arm fast bowler who is widely perceived as one of the best bowlers in the world and one of the fastest bowlers in Indian cricket history. Domestically he plays for Bengal, and in the Indian premier league, he plays for Gujarat Titans. He is known as the reverse swing specialist. His incredible ability to swing and even reverse swing the ball is proof that he is indefinitely one of the fastest bowlers India has ever seen.
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Here are some fascinating facts about Mohammed Shami.
- Shami thanked his late father, who was also a fast bowler in his childhood days, for recognizing his potential and taking him to Badruddin Siddique, a cricket coach in Moradabad, at 15. Due to the internal politics, even though he bowled well during trials, he was left out of the team.
- Originally from Uttar Pradesh but ended up playing for Bengal as he couldn’t cut UP due to the internal politics. His coach advised his father to send him to Bengal, where he started playing for Dalhousie Athletic Club.
- Mohammed Shami made his first-class debut against Assam in 2010. On his debut, he took three wickets in an incredible bowling performance.
- His dream of playing for his country came true when he was called up in 2012 for an ODI cricket series against rival Pakistan scheduled for 2013.
- In November 2013, Shami took a five-wicket haul against West Indies, the last match of Sachin Tendulkar, and Shami dedicated his five-wicket haul to Sachin Tendulkar. It was a breathtaking match, and it never ceases to give shivers.
- Mohammad Shami became the second-fastest Indian bowler to 50 ODI wickets during India’s match against Afghanistan in the 2014 Asia Cup.
- All of the three brothers of Shami wanted to become fast bowlers, but Shami was the only one able to make a successful career in it all, thanks to his sheer hard work.
- He made his test debut against the West Indies in his hometown, Kolkata. He took nine wickets for 118 runs, the most by any Indian pacer on debut, surpassing Munaf Patel’s seven wickets for 97 runs in 2006.
- In the 2011 IPL season, the Kolkata Knight Riders were the first team to sign Shami, and they retained him for the next two seasons. In the 2022 IPL auction, Gujarat Titans bought Mohammed Shami for a whopping 6.25 crores.
- Shami broke into the ODI squad during the 2013 series against Pakistan. He took 1/23 in a quick 9-over spell on his debut in Delhi, impressing everyone.
- Shami Ahmed made his debut as Shami in his early days. However, a few days before his Test debut against the West Indies, he revealed his real name was Mohammad Shami. He has continued to perform under the same name since then.