Mohammed Shami did not quite set the domestic stage on fire before making his way into the national side. He had a reasonable maiden domestic season in 2010-11 only to be talked about for his ability to swing the ball at a good pace.
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Touted as someone who could bowl at a range of 140kmph consistently, Shami came into the spotlight when he picked up 28 wickets for Bengal in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season.
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That impressive performance put him in national reckoning as he made his Test debut against West Indies at Kolkata in 2013. Shami made an impact immediately picking up nine wickets in the match which included a fifer in the second innings.
His ability to swing the ball early in the innings and reverse it towards the end impressed one and all as India had found hope in a bowler who was genuinely quick. He had reasonable outings in Tests in South Africa and New Zealand and formed a crucial bowling partnership along with Ishant Sharma.
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He has been spoken about in high regard by former Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram who worked with him closely when the speedster was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.