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Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
Mohammad Shami – India’s star pacer from Uttar Pradesh
The Men in Blue have always been a formidable batting unit but when it comes to their bowling, especially fast-bowling, it has truly proved to be their Achilles heel.
However, in the last 10 years, Team India have managed to produce a number of world-class fast bowlers who, in return, have made them a real powerhouse in the world of cricket.
One of those star fast-bowlers representing India in the cricketing world at the present time is Mohammad Shami.
Shami has been part of the national team for nearly seven years and already has more than 300 international wickets to his name.
This article describes in detail the career of the prominent fast-bowler from Uttar Pradesh who has represented the world-famous Men in Blue in all formats.
T20 Internationals is the format where Mohammad Shami has played the least number of matches for the national team.
The primary reason for it is his economy rate which is considered to be rather high.
Mohammad Shami made his debut as part of the national squad in the 20-over format, playing against arch-rivals Pakistan in March 2014 during the ICC World T20.
Since then, the former Kings XI Punjab pacer has managed to claim just 12 wickets in 11 outings for the national team at a strike rate of 19.80 and with an economy rate of 9.63.
Mohammad Shami’s best performance in his short T20I career came against England in Birmingham in 2014 where he managed to take three wickets and scored 38 runs in his full quota of four overs.
Test cricket is, presumably, Shami’s most favourite format in international cricket because it is this format in particular where he is by far the most impressive bowler.
The right-arm pacer started his career in red-ball cricket, playing for India’s team in November 2013 in the match against West Indies at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
Since then, Shami has taken 180 wickets in 49 Test matches for the national team with an impressive strike rate of 49.40 and an average of less than 27.36.
Shami has managed to claim five five-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game and has nine times taken four wickets in an innings.
Surprisingly, Shami’s best performance in a match of the five-day format came in his first game with him scoring 9-118 in just 30.1 overs.
After that, Shami didn’t manage to claim more than seven wickets in a match and even that happened just once, in the 2019 match against Bangladesh at the same venue where he had made his debut six years before that.
Shami’s best bowling figures in an innings in Test cricket were achieved during the match against Australia while playing in Perth in December 2018 where he claimed six wickets and had 56 runs in 24 overs.
Speaking of Shami’s overall performance in Test cricket, his best numbers are against Bangladesh with an average of just 15.11 and a strike rate of 31.60 whereas his worse numbers are against England with an average of 40 runs per wicket and a strike-rate of 71.90.
Shami started his career in One-Day Internationals, making his debut in the match against Pakistan in 2013 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi, currently known as Arun Jaitley Stadium.
The stats of the right-armer’s performance in the 50-over format are more than decent, to say the least. In total, he has taken 144 wickets in 77 matches at a strike rate of 27.20 and an average of 25.42.
However, it is his economy rate of 5.58, considered to be rather high, that is the main reason Kumar and Bumrah are sometimes preferred over him.
Shami’s best bowling figures in ODIs came against England during the 2019 ICC World Cup held in Birmingham where he managed to claim five wickets and scored 69 runs in 10 overs.
That performance remained the only time Shami claimed a five-wicket haul in the 50-over format while four wickets were taken nine times throughout his career.
In his overall ODI career stats, Shami has the biggest number of wickets taken against West Indies (37) and the smallest number taken against Ireland and Sri Lanka (3 wickets each).
In matches against Afghanistan, the right-arm fast-bowler has the best score in his ODI career with an impressive strike rate of 17.10 and an average of just 15.
On the other hand, playing against Sri Lanka, Shami has had the worst figures in his career, having managed to claim wickets at a strike rate of 40 and an average of 49.66.