Mohammad Sami was born on 24th February 1981. He is a Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket who is currently representing the Pakistan cricket team in Test cricket, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket matches.
Sami made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand in 2001 by taking 8 wickets for 106 runs in the match. During his third Test match he achieved a hat-trick against Sri Lanka and in 2002 he took his second hat-trick in his career, against the West Indies during a One Day International match. This led to him becoming one of only a few bowlers in cricket to achieved this mark in both forms of the game. He also became one of two Pakistan bowlers to have taken a hat-trick in both Test cricket and One Day International matches, the other being fast bowler Wasim Akram. He also displayed excellent performances against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 2003. On 1 December 2003, he achieved his best bowling figures in One Day International cricket by taking 5 wickets for 10 runs during a match. Earlier in April during that year in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, he had taken 4 wickets for 25 runs against Kenya during the match. Sami played his 50th One Day International match against India at Lahore in Pakistan on 24 March in 2004. He has also taken over 100 wickets in First-class cricket and in List A cricket.
The Sami as one of the fastest bowlers in cricket, and has the ability to swing the ball to cricket in a high tempo. The throw is the unofficial fastest delivery in cricket when he scored in 164 km / acidity (101.9 mph) during a match one day international. However, officials canceled by the cricket after that I found a bug in the measurements of the speed speedometer. But despite his talent, he was in and out of the national team for several times. However, it had the support of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who sees Sami and speed of the wicket with the ability to skill is important for Pakistan team.
Sami also earned the shame of bowling the longest over in one day international cricket during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in 2004, when he threw 17 balls in one more of which consisted of seven wides and four no balls. It is also aimed at only in the history of Test cricket to be a bowling average of 50.
After losing form and the failure to the success of the cricket team, Pakistan, Pakistan Cricket Board, and the determinants of national place of Sami for the series of international one-day against England with a quick effort Mohammad Asif, but pointed out that the series against South Africa in January and February of 2007. Was selected in the squad man Pakistan 15 for the Cricket World Cup in 2007, although he was named in one of five reserves. Dropped after his team-mates Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the World Cup because of injury, called Sami and Yasir Arafat even as alternatives.
Sami joined the Indian Cricket League following the tour of India in December 2007. He played for the Lahore Badshahs, a team composed entirely of Pakistani cricketers, during the Indian Premier League’s second Twenty20 tournament. His participation in the league meant that he, like many other Pakistan players, he was banned from representing his country at both international level and domestic cricket in Pakistan.
In 2009-2010, and again referred to the Pakistan team and on January 3, 2010, during the Pakistan series test match against Australia, played in the cricket stadium in Sydney in Australia, and took 3 wickets for 27 runs in the first roles for 2 test match. On April 19 was chosen in the formation of Pakistan as an alternative for people with fast aimed Omar Gul, in 2010 Twenty20 Cricket World Championship to be held in the West Indies.
Rapid pace, a smooth action, and good control have made Mohammad Sami a leading fast bowler in world cricket after only 12 Tests and 41 ODIs – and at the tender age of 20. Here he shares a few tricks of his trade with Nagraj Gollapudi:
In addition to your pace you have a smooth action. Did that come naturally?
My bowling has more or less remained the same right from the beginning, especially from the time I started playing cricket seriously at school level. Today I take a run-up of 24 yards, which has varied over the years depending on the conditions and the wicket. Otherwise my action is natural.
You never had a personal coach during your early years. Was it difficult to progress on your own?
Ididn’t need a personal coach, as my father worked hard with me when I was young. As I graduated to higher levels there were coaches who gave their inputs. When I started representing Pakistan I had the opportunity to work with Daryl Foster, who was hired as the bowling coach for a short stint. He didn’t have any problems with my action, but we worked on my run-up which was causing me to bowl too many no-balls. The jump I was taking was forcing my front foot to land a bit over the crease. But now I am improving steadily.
Has there been any turning point in your career so far?
In 1999, I attended Rashid Latif’s cricket academy at Karachi. It was like a finishing school, where I fine-tuned my skills in all departments of the game.
With your kind of pace, especially in the one-dayers, you are vulnerable to being hit for runs. What is your counter-strategy?
I am an attacking bowler, so my main plan is to attack the opposition to buy the wicket. And if, in the process, it costs me a few runs, I don’t mind. But one should be sensible enough to not give away too many runs just for the sake of attacking.
You usually clock in excess of 90mph. Do you look at the speedgun?
Speed doesn’t matter a lot â€“ taking wickets and helping your team win is more important. During the match I won’t look at the speedgun but, later in the evening, it feels nice to see yourself record big speeds consistently. It gives me an idea of how fit I am and how much I need to strengthen my body to keep up that momentum.
So the quicker you bowl, the better your performance?
Definitely. Pace is my primary weapon and if I add some extra pace it will trouble the batsman. So it is a plus point.
You are slightly built, but still able to generate good speed. How?
It’s about power and not the muscle. With my bowling action I don’t need to worry much about the muscle. I know I am not completely fit, but in a couple of years’ time I will be at my peak.
What are your stock balls?
The same that any fast bowler has under his belt. The one that comes naturally, and that I excel at, is the outswinger.
The Sami-Shoaib Akhtar duo is the fastest bowling combination in the world. How do you complement each other?
It’s nice to bowl in tandem with the fastest bowler in the world. We discuss things in the build-up to the match and talk a lot during the game to work out strategies.
Shoaib, at times, goes for pace in order to take wickets. Has that ever affected your mindset?
I have never thought about that. I like to keep things simple and achieve only one thing – taking wickets.
You had a good stint on the English county circuit with Kent before an injury cut it short. Did you learn much during that time?
You need to be more professional out there and do things on your own, and that helps you become more responsible. Also, bowling five days a week makes you aware of many things about your bowling, based on which, you can work to improve further.
And the pitches, were they conducive to your bowling?
The time I was there, the county season was nearing the end, so the wickets were dry and they were not that helpful. But when I returned to Pakistan the conditions were similar and it was easy for me to adjust.
Have you completely recovered from the stress fracture you suffered during your time with Kent?
Yes, fortunately. I twisted my ankle while fielding in a county match. Initially, we just thought it was a minor ankle injury, but it turned out to be a stress fracture. As I had suffered a stress fracture three years back, I was well aware of the dangers that come along with it, so I didn’t want to risk anything this time. The rehab period extended to about five months, and now I don’t have any problems.
How do you handle the pressure situations?
I thrive on pressure.
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