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Who is Shami Ahmed?

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Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013, 15:30 [IST]
 
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Who is Shami Ahmed?

Bangalore, Jan 7: A 22-year-old from Sahaspur, a remote village in Uttar Pradesh rocked the world with his impressive performance on debut against Pakistan in the third and final ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.

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With 4 maidens, 23 runs, one wicket off 9 overs Shami Ahmed created a flutter on Sunday as the entire nation was talking only about the talented 22-year-old pacer from Bengal.

It is also the most maiden overs bowled by an Indian bowler on debut as Manoj Prabhajar (1984), Vijay Bharadwaj (1999) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (2012) had recorded 3 maidens in their first game.

Interestingly only three bowlers have recorded 5 maidens on their debut - West Indies' Andy Roberts (1975), England's Devon Malcolm(1990), Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock.

Shami Ahmed impressed one and all with his performance on Sunday as he became a star overnight, as India won the third and final ODI against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla.

The 22-year-old Bengal pacer also made a point clear that domestic cricket could produce talented cricketers like him rather than relying on IPL for future stars.

The youngster was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders the fourth edition of IPL in 2011 but has not got an opportunity to play a single IPL match yet.

Wasim Akram, the bowling consultant of KKR spotted his talent during the Kolkata Knight Riders'practice sessions.

The cricketer had not played a first class game, his success in domestic T20 impressed Kolkata Knight Riders to sign him for the fourth edition of IPL. He had picked 14 wickets with the best being 4/24 off 8 matches that prompted KKR to bank on the youngster.

The 22-year-old also holds a record of two 10 wicket hauls in the Ranji Trophy season this year which also paved way for his international debut.

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Story first published:  Monday, January 7, 2013, 14:30 [IST]
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