Mohammed Shami Ahmed (born 9 March 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who represents Bengal in domestic cricket. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He is a swing and seam bowler, and a deceptively potent fast bowler.
In the aftermath of good performance in the domestic season, he was selected for the West Indies-bound 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.
As a result of his good performances in the domestic matches, Shami Ahmed was selected for India's ODI series against Pakistan replacing his Bengal teammate Ashok Dinda and subsequently made his debut in the third ODI at Delhi on 6 January 2013. He returned tidy figures of 1/23 from 9 overs in a low-scoring game that India won by 10 runs. He was selected for the Australian tour of India in October 2013. After sitting on the bench for the first 3 matches, he was given chance in the fourth match in which he took 3 wickets.
In the India tour of New Zealand in 2014, Shami picked 11 wickets in ODIs at an average of 28.72.
On 5 March 2014, in an Asia Cup match against Afghanistan, Shami became the second fastest Indian to 50 ODI wickets (in 29 matches).
He made his Test debut against West Indies on 6 November 2013 in front of his home crowd at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. There, he took his maiden Test wicket – that of Kieran Powell – finishing with figures of 17-2-71-4 in the first innings of the Test match. In the second innings, his figures were 13.1-0-47-5. He had a dream debut, taking 9 wickets for 118 runs – the most by an Indian pacer on debut – surpassing Munaf Patel's 7 wickets for 97 runs in Mohali in 2006.
Shami showed that he could be handy with the bat when he scored 51* against England on 10 July 2014. His partnership of 111 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India post 457 in the 1st innings when India were struggling on 346-9. He also took the wicket of England captain Alastair Cook in the same match.