Mohammed Shami: A Balls Master of India Cricket team

Coming from a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, born into a farmer family, Mohammed Shami trained and developed to become a member of the Indian international cricket team participating and achieving many achievements.

Mohammed Shami

The beginning of Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami, was born on September 3, 1990 in Sahaspurin Amroha village, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Tauseef Ali, was a fast bowler in his youth. Ali saw talent in Shami and decided to take him to Badruddin Siddique, a cricket coach in Moradabad.

Shami worked hard on his technique throughout his time in Moradabad; After matches, he would request used balls to develop his ability to reverse the old ball, an indispensable skill for his success later in his career. However, he was not selected for the Uttar Pradesh U19 team due to political issues at that time, and then Badruddin sent him to Kolkata in 2005 to increase his chances of being selected for the state team.

After playing for Dalhousie Athletic Club, he was introduced to Debabrata Das, former assistant secretary of the Bengal Cricket Association, who was impressed with Shami’s bowling and asked him to join his own club, Town Club. Das brings Mohammed Shami, who has nowhere to live in Kolkata, to live with him. After bowling well for the Town Club, Das asked one of the Bengal players, Sambaran Banerjee, to watch Shami bowl; Banerjee was impressed and selected him for the Bengal U22 team.

Mohammed Shami then joined Mohun Bagan Cricket Club, one of the best teams in Bengal. He bowled former India captain Sourav Ganguly in the Eden Gardens nets; Ganguly recommended him to the state selectors and soon, Shami was included in the Bengal squad for the 2010–11 Ranji Trophy and his Cricket career start brighter from this time.

Shinning on the pitch

Domestic career

In October 2010, Mohammed Shami took four wickets on his senior debut for Bengal in a Twenty20 match. In the following month, he made his first-class cricket debut against Assam at Eden Gardens and taking three wickets in a high-scoring match.

In February 2012, due to Abu Nechim’s injury, Mohammed Shami was elected to bowl in Abu’s place and took 8 wickets in the match to help East Zone win their maiden Duleep Trophy title. Marks a breakthrough in Shami’s career, being touted as a player to watch in the upcoming Indian Premier League season in April.

He was selected to tour the West Indies with the India A team and impressed with his bowling on the pitches considered unhelpful for fast bowlers. Team coach Lalchand Rajput was impressed with his power and consistency in bowling as well as his batting. He scored 27 runs in a partnership of 73 with Cheteshwar Pujara, who won the match for India A.

In the 2012 – 13 Ranji Trophy, he took 28 wickets at an average of 21.25 runs per bowling over and in the 18 first-class matches he played before the Making his Test debut in 2013, he took 71 wickets, an average of four wicket in one match.

International cricket

Mohammed Shami made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2013 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. His match tally of 9 wickets, in 118 runs, was the most by an Indian pacer on debut, surpassing Munaf Patel’s 7 wickets in 97 runs at Mohali year 2006.

He took 15 wickets in three Tests during India’s 2014–15 tour of Australia, and went on to become the 20th Indian fast bowler to take 100 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in 29 Tests.

In 2018, Mohammed Shami toured England with India, playing in all five Tests. He ended the series with 16 wickets, including six in the fourth Test.

During the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship, in the 2019 India-West Indies two-match Test series, Shami took nine wickets. He played 13 matches in the home series against South Africa (2019) and 5 matches in New Zealand (2020). His rating of 790 was then the third best achieved by an Indian fast bowler, behind only Kapil Dev (877) and Jasprit Bumrah (832).

With a total of 40 wickets, Mohammed Shami is the highest pace bowler among Indian bowlers and second highest among Indian bowlers, behind only Ravichandran Ashwin.

During the 2021 ICC World Test Championship, on 16 August 2021, Shami scored his highest score and half-century in Test cricket, with an unbeaten score of 56* in partnership with Jasprit Bumrah, which helped India to a historic win over England. Playing 3 matches in the 5-match series, Shami finished as the fifth highest wicket-taker in the series with 11 wickets with best figures of 4/95 coming in the first innings of the third match of Tournaments.

In the first Test of the 2021 – 22 India – South Africa Test Series, Shami took 5 wickets for 44 runs and became India’s fifth pacer took 200 wickets in Test cricket, former India head coach Ravi Shastri praised him He is the ‘King of Bengal‘ on Twitter. At the end of the match which India eventually won, the Indian team’s Test captain, Virat Kohli praised Mohammed Shami for taking a total of 8 wickets in the match. He ended the series with 14 wickets from 3 matches as India’s leading wicket-taker in the series.


In short, Mohammed Shami started out as a farmer’s son, by constantly practicing and honing his skills and endless dedication, he eventually became one of the best fast bowlers best of the world. His story is an example for young people about constant efforts to achieve future achievements.

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