Shami hails from Uttar Pradesh but plays first-class cricket for Bengal from where he was noticed. He had played only 15 first-class and 15 List A games when he was drafted into India’s ODI team to play Pakistan in Delhi in January 2013. He showed the faith wasn’t misplaced and returned figures of 9-4-23-1 in a 10-run win, thus becoming only the eighth bowler, and the first Indian, to bowl four or more maiden overs on his ODI debut. His Test debut, which happened in November that year against the touring West Indies, was even more spectacular. He reverse-swung the old ball appreciably, and at a good pace, in the two-match series to take 11 wickets at 16.54. In the summer that followed in England, Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, recorded the second-highest 10th wicket partnership for India in Tests, when they put on 111 runs against England in Nottingham. He had a great outing in 2018 and that saw the return of Shami 2.0. He got his line and length right back on track and has made an exceptional comeback to the ODI side. After warming the bench because of the presence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is arguably now Virat Kohli’s first choice fast bowler.
He has also enjoyed early success in the Twenty20 format, picking up 14 wickets in his first eight domestic T20 games in 2011, and was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2011 IPL season. He then went to Delhi Capitals and played 3 seasons for them. He was then roped in by IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab for INR 4.8 crores in IPL player auction 2019.He took the at-trick in World Cup 2019 and thereby became the second Indian bowler to take a hattrick in the World Cup after Cheta Sharma.
He was born to LateTousif Ali and Anjum Ara. He has four siblings include three brothers and a sister. He marriedHasin Jahanon 06-06-2014 & the couple is blessed with a daughter named Aaira Shami.
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Test – vs Windies at Eden Gardens, Nov 06, 2013
ODI – vs Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Jan 06, 2013
T20I – vs Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mar 21, 2014
ODI – 7.5 Lakhs Per Match, T20I – 6 Lakhs Per Match and Test – 15 Lakhs Per Match, IPL – 4.8 Crores Per Season
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