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Mohammed Shami Biography: Meet Indian Cricket Team’s Ace of Pace

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A smooth run-up, a steady acceleration, a jump that positions the body perfectly to release the ball and a good follow-through makes a perfect medium fast bowler. These words completely suit for Mohammed Shami. While Shami’s run-up and action are fairly smooth, the secret behind his success lies in his wrist. There are few pace bowlers in the world who can claim to have the wrist strong and straight behind the ball every single time they bowl. Shami is one of them. In this blog, we will explore the life of Mohammed Shami, his age, stats, net worth, wife, records, achievements, etc.

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Mohammed Shami Biography

Name Mohammed Shami Ahmed
Born 03 September 1990 (Amroha, Uttar Pradesh)
Age 33 years
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Righ Arm Fast
IPL Team Gujarat Titans
IPL Team Price INR 6.25 crore
Role Bowler
Test 06 – 08 November 2013 vs West Indies
ODI O6 January 2013 vs Pakistan
T20I 21 March 2014 vs Pakistan
Teams Played for Bengal, India, Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Titans, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Took 9 wickets in his debut Test match in 2013, the most by an Indian pacer on his debut match.
  • Selected for the 2015 World Cup at the age of 25.
  • Claimed his 100th ODI wicket in 2019.
  • Took a hat-trick in the 2019 World Cup.


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Early days

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Mohammed Shami’s father Tousif Ali was a fast bowler during his days. Shami is one of the four brothers from his family and each of them wanted to become a fast bowler but it was Shami who turned out to be the only one to have made the cut.

Shami hails from a village in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh but he plays for Bengal in domestic cricket and there’s an interesting story behind it.

In 2005, Shami’s father got to know about his bowling abilities and took him to Moradabad, which is 22 km from their village, to train him under a cricket coach named Badruddin Siddique. Shami was 15-year old and after knowing about his ability of bowling at good pace, Badruddin counselled his father to send him to Kolkata, where he began playing for Dalhousie Athletic Club.

Cricketing Career

He was under the apprenticeship of Debabrata Das in Kolkata to the degree of staying under his roof and made it to the U-22 Bengal side. After a specially conducted net session supervised by Sourav Ganguly, he was recognised as a gem and after a tough grind through the ranks, he got his chance to play from Bengal at the Ranji Trophy.

International Cricket

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Proving his mettle at domestic level, Shami was selected for the West Indies A tour in 2012, where he impressed with his speed on flat surfaces. Days after days, he was proving to be one of the stand-out and versatile bowlers in the Indian domestic stint.

In 2013, Shami donned the blue jersey. Slowly but surely, he started to make noteworthy contributions in the Indian National Cricket team. With his ability to reverse, he became an indispensable asset to the limited-overs side, becoming the second-fastest Indian to 50 ODI wickets. World Cup 2015 proved the best tournament for him as he took 17 wickets becoming one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament. He played the World Cup despite a knee injury.

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Shami Test Career

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Mohammed Shami made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2013 at Eden Gardens. He had a stellar debut, grabbing 9 wickets, the most by an Indian pacer on debut. Shami had a poor series at the 2014 tour of England with 5 wickets in 3 matches. He was a part of the 19-member squad for Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia in 2014-15 where he played 3 matches and bagged 15 wickets.

Being a great artist of reverse swing along being equally good with the new and old ball, he is a potent fast bowler. He is a speedster who clocks the ball above 140 kph.

Shami’s Entry in IPL

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Mohammed Shami entered IPL when he was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 2011 season of the league. However, Shami played a handful of matches in that season. He was retained by KKR in the next two seasons and was a part of the team that won the title in 2012.

In 2014, Delhi Daredevils bought him for Rs 4.25 crore. He was retained by the franchise in the 2015 edition of the IPL. He got good pace and bowled at 140 kmph and above. In the 11th season of IPL (2018), he signed the contract with Delhi Daredevils. In 2019, Kings XI Punjab roped him in for Rs 4.40 crore. During the IPL Auction 2023, the Ahmedabad team secured Mohammad Shami’s talents for a sum of Rs 6.25 Cr.

Mohammed Shami Family | Wife 

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Shami tied the knot with Hasin Jahan in 2014, and they are parents to one child. In 2020, Shami opened up about how injuries and a series of accusations from his wife took a toll on his mental well-being. He revealed contemplating suicide three times during that period and attributed his family for providing the support he needed to get through it.

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Mohammed Shami Net worth

He receives a salary of Rs. 5 crore from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as part of his Category A contract. Likewise, he also adds his net worth from endorsing several brands. As of 2023, Mohammed Shami’s net worth is estimated to be around INR 47 crores.

Injuries and Comebacks

Being a fast bowler, it is sure to get injured. Mohammed Shami played the complete World Cup 2015 with pain and swelling in his left knee. After almost six months of the surgery, Shami started playing cricket again and was a part of 2015 Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. He missed Asia Cup, South Africa’s tour of India and got injured in the midway of England and New Zealand’s tour of India.

He was selected for India’s tour of South Africa and took 15 wickets in the 3-match series. In June 2018, he agonized again due to fitness.

Once again he came back in the Indian side and this time with some supreme fitness. He was part of the 10 out of 11 Test matches that India played against England, West Indies and Australia.

Mohammed Shami Career Stats

  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 64 122 11515 6346 229 6/56 9/118 27.71 3.30 50.2 12 6 0
ODIs 96 95 4794 4437 180 5/51 5/51 24.65 5.55 26.6 10 3 0
T20Is 23 23 477 711 24 3/15 3/15 29.62 8.94 19.8 0 0 0
FC 88 166 16500 8995 332 7/79 11/151 27.09 3.27 49.6 17 12 2
List A 127 126 6314 5749 237 5/51 5/51 24.25 5.46 26.6 14 3 0
T20s 156 156 3363 4604 190 4/11 4/11 24.23 8.21 17.7 3 0 0
  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 64 89 27 750 56* 12.09 1005 74.62 0 2 83 25 16 0
ODIs 96 46 20 212 25 8.15 251 84.46 0 0 16 9 29 0
T20Is 23 3 2 0 0* 0.00 2 0.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC 88 122 36 1049 56* 12.19 1526 68.74 0 2 112 34 22 0
List A 127 69 24 392 26 8.71 425 92.23 0 0 32 18 42 0
T20s 156 34 17 86 21 5.05 95 90.52 0 0 7 2 30 0

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Mohammed Shami Records

  • He has the best figures for an Indian fast bowler on his Test Debut (9–118).
  • Shami is the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 One Day International wickets (56 Innings).
  • Mohammad Shami along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar made a second highest partnership for 10th wicket by Indians (110 runs).
  • He is the 10th Indian bowler to pick 100 away Test wickets.
  • Shami holds the record of being the second fastest Indian bowler to fifty ODI wickets.

The Name Game

Mohammed Shami Ahmed is the full name of Indian fast bowler. However, initially, when he made his debut for India, he was somehow called by the name Shami Ahmed. Later he clarified the confusion to one of the leading media networks.

He quoted, “I don’t know how my name got that tail. I’m Mohammed Shami, not Shami Ahmed.” However, till November 2013, Shami played professional cricket for three years under an incorrect name.

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His career has seen a few ups and downs but now it seems like he has found his groove. Earlier he lacked the reliability of maintaining one line for extended periods of time but in 2018 world has seen him bowl long spells with the same discipline.

With an experience of overseas tours, a fitter and stronger Shami is setting his stage on fire.  The shy teenager that had once boarded the train for Kolkata from Moradabad to pursue his dream is now a crucial member of the Indian bowling attack.

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What is the age of Mohammed Shami?

Currently Mohammed Shami is 33 years old.

When did Mohammed Shami make his international debut?

Shami made his debut for the Indian cricket team in a One Day International (ODI) match against Pakistan on January 6, 2013. He made his Test debut against the West Indies on November 6, 2013.

What is Mohammed Shami’s net worth in 2023?

As of 2023, Mohammed Shami’s net worth is around INR 47 crores.

What controversies Mohammed Shami has faced in his career?

Throughout his career, Mohammed Shami has encountered both personal and professional hurdles, encompassing controversies linked to his personal life and accusations made by his spouse. These matters have attracted significant media scrutiny, necessitating his engagement on and off the cricket field.

What is Mohammed Shami’s playing style?

Mohammed Shami is a right-arm fast bowler who primarily relies on seam and swing movement to trouble the batsmen. He is known for his ability to generate pace and extract reverse swing in the later stages of a cricket match.

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Akshay Badwe
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