|Full name||Mohammed Shami Ahmed|
9 March 1990 |
Jonagar, West Bengal
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 279)||6 November 2013 v West Indies|
|Last Test||27-31 July 2014 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 195)||6 January 2013 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||11 October 2014 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||11|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–2013||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 12 Oct 2014|
Mohammed Shami Ahmed (born 9 March 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who represents Bengal in domestic cricket. He made his ODI debut against Pakistan in January 2013 where he bowled a record four maiden overs. He picked a five-wicket haul on his Test debut against West Indies in November 2013. He is a right-arm fast-medium swing and seam bowler, who bowls consistently around 140kmph mark which makes him 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.
During Ranji Trophy 2012–13, in a match against Hyderabad on a green top at Eden Gardens, he took 4/36 and 6/71, and scored 15* from 6 balls in the second innings to help his side win the match by 4 wickets, along with Wriddhiman Saha. He also took 7/79 and 4/72 against Madhya Pradesh at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, but in spite of that his side lost the match by 138 runs. It included a hat-trick in the first innings to wipe out the tail.
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.
He made his T20I debut on 21 March 2014 against Pakistan in the opening match of the World T20 and took the wicket of Umar Akmal. He played only 3 matches in this tournament.
Test five-wicket hauls
|Shami Ahmed's Test 5-wicket hauls|
|1||5-47||1||13.1||0||West Indies||Home||Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India||2013||Won|
- Shami Ahmed – Cricinfo
- His 'Deceptive' pace earns praise
- "Selectors pick Shami Ahmed for ODIs against Pakistan". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- "Shami Ahmed debuts, Ajinkya Rahane replaces Virender Sehwag as India bat first in the third ODI against Pakistan". Wisden India. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "India saved the blushes in wintry Delhi".