Mohammed Shami has been named as Jasprit Bumrah‘s replacement in India’s T20 World Cup squad by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Bumrah was ruled out of the T20 World Cup squad earlier this month after suffering a back injury during the India-South Africa T20I series. Shami, who was named among the standbys, hasn’t played a T20I for India since the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Who is Mohammed Shami?

Mohammed Shami
is an Indian international cricketer and is one of the country’s premium fast
bowlers. Born on September 3, 1990, in the village of Amroha in Uttar Pradesh
to a pacer-turned farmer, Shami was the brightest prospect among five brothers.

His father
took him to a coach in Moradabad, but because of selection issues, he did not
make the state U-19 team. His coach advised him to move to Kolkata, and
eventually he broke into the U-22 Bengal team.

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impressing in a nets session supervised by Sourav Ganguly, Shami was selected
to represent Bengal in the Ranji Trophy. He slowly made a name for himself and
was picked in the India A side that hosted West Indies A in 2012.

A 10-wicket
and an 11-wicket haul in that series helped him catch the attention of
selectors and Shami made his ODI debut for India in 2013. His pace, combined
with the ability to swing both ways with both the new and old ball, Shami soon
became an important part of the Indian side.

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He is the second-fastest
Indian to reach 50 ODI wickets. In the 2015 World Cup, Shami was one of India’s
top performers, taking 17 wickets in seven matches while playing with a knee
injury, it was later revealed.

He made his
Test debut against West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match at Mumbai’s
Wankhede Stadium in 2013, taking nine wickets in that match.

In the Indian
Premier League
, Shami started with the Kolkata Knight Riders, before being
bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 4.25 crore in 2014, after his international
breakthrough. He was picked up the Kings XI Punjab in 2019 for Rs 4.40 crore
and is a key cog in the side that is yet to win an IPL title.

Shami has 195 wickets from 102 Test innings, as well as 148 wickets from 78 ODI
innings. In T20s, Shami has picked up 12 wickets from 12 innings and has 79
wickets from as many innings in the IPL.