Mohammed Shami Biography – With rapidity, velocity, and swiftness, Mohammed Shami quietly earned a name as one of the best death bowlers for the Indian team. Shami played rapacious and ravening cricket to always take his side through. Primarily a merciless new ball bowler, Shami has also been tigerish with the bat as he has the inbuilt talent of smashing the ball out of the park.
Mohammed Shami represents the Indian National Cricket team in all three formats of the game. Shami plays for the Bengal Cricket team in domestic cricket and Punjab Kings franchise at the IPL. Shami made his debut for the national team against the arch-rivals Pakistan on 6th January 2013 in the 50-over ODI format of the game.
Mohammed Shami Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Mohammed Shami Ahmed was born on 9th March 1990 at Amroha, Uttar Pradesh. His father Tousif Ahmed was a small spare parts shop owner whereas his mother is a homemaker. Shami has two brothers and one sister. His elder brother Mohammed Haseeb also plays domestic cricket for Bengal.
Interestingly, all the Shami and his two real brothers wanted to become fast bowlers in childhood but only Shami made it through into the Indian team. Shami’s family shifted to Kolkata after his coach insisted his parents form his cricketing base in Bengal. Shami started to pursue a professional career in cricket at the age of 15.
- Age: 31 Years
- Height: 5’8”
- Weight: 65 kg
- Coach: Badruddin Siddique
Mohammed Shami Early Days
Shami’s father realized his potential and took him to his first coach Badruddin Siddique who changed his life. Siddique took him to the U-19 trials of the Uttar Pradesh team where Shami was neglected due to politics. Siddique then insisted his father shift to Kolkata for further coaching.
Shami went to Kolkata and played for the Town Club owned by Debabrata Das who was impressed by his bowling and took Shami to live with him as the youngster had no shelter in Kolkata. Debabrata recommended Shami’s bowling to Bengal selector S Banerjee who liked his bowling performance and selected Shami for the Bengal U-22 team.
Shami later joined one of the best clubs in Kolkata named Mohun Bagan Cricket Club where he bowled to former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly in the nets. Overwhelmed by his bowling performance, Ganguly recommended Shami’s name for the Bengal senior team which in turn led to his Ranji team.
Mohammed Shami Domestic Career
Shami made his first-class debut for Bengal against Assam in 2010. He picked up three wickets and bowled brilliantly which led to his selection in the Indian A team for the West Indies tour. He scored a match-winning partnership of 73 runs alongside Cheteshwar Pujara. Shami fascinated everyone through his lateral movement and reverse swing bowling.
In the 2012-13 season of Ranji Trophy, Shami registered a figure of 4/36 and 6/71 against Hyderabad at a lush green wicket at Eden Gardens. He then took 11 wickets in a match against Madhya Pradesh that included a hattrick. This caught the national selectors’ eye and Shami was all set to make his dream come true.
Mohammed Shami International Career
Shami was picked as a replacement for injured Ashok Dinda for the ODI series against Punjab in 2012-13. He made his debut in the third ODI and picked one wicket in a low-scoring game. He was subsequently selected for the Australian tour and claimed three wickets in the only ODI he played. He then performed at the Asia Cup to get into the 2015 World Cup squad.
Shami had an exemplary World Cup campaign but India, unfortunately, departed from the semifinals. Shami then had an injurious season and was back in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Shami also played in the 2019 World Cup and took a hattrick against Afghanistan. He has a short T-20 career where he played a major part in the 2016 World Cup and is a part of 2021.
In his Test career, Shami made his debut in November 2013 against West Indies and luckily in front of his home crowd in Kolkata. He took his maiden five-wicket haul on his debut itself. Shami then had a fabulous tour against South Africa and New Zealand but struggled with his form at the England tour in 2014.
Shami was selected for Australia tour in 2015 in England’s tour in 2018 where he achieved success. He was injured during India’s historic series win against Australia in early 2021. Shami played a pivotal role in India’s historic test series win against England at their home. He continues to be a regular player on the test team.
Mohammed Shami IPL Career
Mohammed Shami was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise ahead of the 2011 IPL. He failed to make an appearance till 2013 and had featured only in four matches. Shami was then released in 2014 and picked by the Delhi Daredevils franchise where he had a good time till 2018.
Shami’s injuries forced the Delhi franchise to release him ahead of the 2019 auction where the Punjab Kings franchise picked him. Shami bowled marvelously and claimed 19 wickets in 2019 and 20 in 2020 and is still retained by the franchise.
Mohammed Shami Wife
Mohammed Shami married an Indian-based model Hasin Jahan in 2014. The couple shared a healthy bond before 2018 where many differences arose between the couple. The two are not together but haven’t officially divorced. Hasin Jahan gave birth to Shami’s first daughter named as Aairah Shami in July 2015.
Mohammed Shami Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Mohammed Shami is Rs. 45 Crore. He earns a significant part of his income through his professional career. Shami has a 5 crore contract with the Punjab Kings franchise and BCCI. Apart from his professional career, Shami also earns through various endorsements for many brands.
Shami owns a luxurious house in his hometown in Amroha and a bungalow in Kolkata. He also has many real estate properties and a premium collection of cars including the Audi Q7, Toyota Fortuner, and BMW 530d.
Mohammed Shami Controversies
- Shami had a big dispute with his wife Hasin Jahan. Jahan accused Shami of having extra-marital affairs. She also reported that Shami tortured her mentally and physically. Shami denied the allegations and moved to court where the charges framed against him were dismissed
- In January 2016, Shami’s brother Mohammed Haseeb was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police for allegedly assaulting a police officer and pressurizing the cops to release his friends who were jailed for cow slaughter. Shami and his father denied the allegations and charges framed against him and came to his rescue.
- After India lost to Pakistan in a 2021 T-20 World Cup match, Shami was viciously abused online for underperforming and discriminatory remarks about his religion were made.
Mohammed Shami Records
- Shami took 9 wickets on his test debut which is the record for highest wickets by any Indian pacer on debut.
- Shami is the first Indian to bowl four or more maiden overs on their ODI debut.
- He is the third-fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets.
- Shami is only the second Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cups.
- Shami has the 10th best career strike rate in ODI’s.
- Shami holds the record of most consecutive four-wicket hauls in ODI’s.
Mohammed Shami Facts
– Mohammed Shami is a big fan of Bollywood and his favorite actor is Amitabh Bachchan.
– He is regarded as the reverse-swing specialist.
– Shami in his childhood days would take old used red balls from tournament organizers and shine them to practice in nets.
– Shami is a devoted learner and used to arrive at cricket coaching an hour before and practice.
– Shami is a cool player and has no addiction to drinking or smoking.