|Full name||Mohammed Shami Ahmed|
9 March 1990 |
Sahaspur Amroha, West UP, India
|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||6 January 2015 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 195)||6 January 2013 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||22 February 2015 v South Africa|
|ODI shirt no.||11|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–2013||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 26 February 2015|
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 swing and seam bowler, who bowls consistently around the 140kmph mark, which makes him a deceptively potent fast bowler. He is also known as a "reverse swing specialist". 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.
Early life and career
Shami is originally from Sahaspur village near Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. His father Tousif Ali is a farmer who was also a fast bowler in his younger days. Shami has a sister and three brothers, all three of whom wanted to be fast bowlers. In 2005, Tousif recognised Shami's bowling abilities and took him to Badruddin Siddique, a cricket coach in Moradabad which was 22km from their village.
"When I first saw him [Shami] bowling at the nets as a 15-year-old kid, I knew this boy is not ordinary. So I decided to train him. For one year I prepared him for the UP trials, as we don’t have club cricket over here. He was very co-operative, very regular and very hard working. He never took a day off from training. During the under 19 trials he bowled really well, but due to politics, he missed out on selection. They asked me to bring him next year, but at that moment I didn’t want Shami to miss one year. So I advised his parents to send him to Kolkata."
— Badruddin Siddique on Mohammed Shami
After Shami missed out on getting picked for the Uttar Pradesh Under-19 team, Badruddin sent him to Kolkata later in 2005. Shami started playing for the Dalhousie Athletic Club. While he was playing for this club, he was noticed by Debabrata Das, a former assistant secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal, who was impressed with Shami's bowling and drafted him into his team, Town Club, with a contract of Rs 75,000. Das took Shami, who had no place to stay in Kolkata, to his own residence. Shami bowled well for Town Club, but could not get selected for the Bengal Under-22 team. Das went to one of the selectors, Samarban Banerjee, and asked him to watch Shami's bowling. Banerjee was impressed with his bowling and selected him for the Bengal Under-22 team.
"Shami never wanted money. His goal was the stumps, the sound that comes from hitting the stumps. Ever since I saw him, most of his wickets were bowled. He bowls with an upright seam, on or just outside off stump, and gets it to cut back in."
— Debabrata Das on Mohammed Shami
In order to get selected for the Bengal team, Das sent Shami to Mohun Bagan Club, which is one of the top clubs in Bengal. After joining the club, Shami could bowl to Sourav Ganguly at the Eden Gardens nets. Ganguly saw Shami's bowling skills and asked the selectors to "take special care of him". Soon after, Shami was picked in the Bengal Ranji squad in 2010.
In the aftermath of his 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 a 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 third fastest Indian to 50 ODI wickets. He end the tournament with 9 wickets at 23.59.
After losing the Test series by 3-1 against England india won the ODI series by 3-1 in which shami took 8 wickets at 24.16. In 5th ODI he bowled a good spell in death overs with tight line and lengh & Midlle stump Yorkers. After that cricket pundits call him indian bowling future.
Shami pick 10 wickets at 28.78 against West Indies in October 2014. In the 2nd ODI of the Series he get his best bowling figure in ODIs as he pick up 4 wickets for 36 runs in his 9.3 overs.
He was a part of 15 man Squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup where he pick 4 wickets for 35 runs from his 9 overs in India's first match of the tournament against Pakistan as India remains 6-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup.
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 useful 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 not has a good Test series with the ball as he picked up only 5 wickets at 73.20 and a bowling strike rate of 115.
He was a part of 19 member squad for 2014-15 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia where he played 3 Matches. He had a good series as he picked 15 wickets at an average of 35.80. He gets his second Test Five-for in Sydney as he pick 5 wickets for 112 runs.
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|
|2||5-112||12||28.3||3||Australia||Away||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia||2015||Match Drawn|
ODI Man Of The Match Awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||West Indies||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi, India||11 October 2014||9.3 Overs, 36 runs, 4 wickets||Won |
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