With this deal, Shami has joined Puma’s distinguished roster, which features some of the greatest athletes in sports history, such as Virat Kohli, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jack Grealish, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Sunil Chhetri, MC Mary Kom, Usain Bolt, and Avani Lekhar.
The Indian pacer will advertise Puma’s footwear, clothing, and accessories through various events and initiatives all year long as part of this partnership.
In cricket, fast bowlers are extremely essential. Fast bowling is one hectic challenge due to the lengthy dash, subsequent leap, high-pressure landing, and use of the back and shoulder to bowl. To aid quick bowlers, PUMA has developed a new bowling spike with a midsole made for runners.
Karthik Balagopalan, Managing Director, PUMA India, said, “Bringing Mohammad Shami into the PUMA family reinforces our dedication to the sport of cricket. We are delighted to support and welcome Shami into the PUMA family which has been home to cricket icons Virat Kohli and Harmanpreet Kaur. Shami is an outstanding fast bowler with an impressive track record across cricketing formats. His relentless courage, unwavering spirit and the finesse he brings to the game perfectly resonates with our brand values.
“We strongly believe that Shami’s association with PUMA will not only inspire fans and athletes but also drive our commitment to further sports culture in the country.”
On the development, Mohammad Shami, said, “Just as every fast bowler in the world, I love speed and when you talk about speed, nothing beats forever faster PUMA. While I strive for excellence on the cricket field, PUMA continues to create path-breaking products that aid athletes like me to be the fastest in their game. I am delighted to be part of the PUMA family and it’s an amazing feeling to join their star-studded roster.”
Shami has played an important role in India’s fast-bowling outfit. He made his debut during Sachin Tendulkar‘s retirement series against West Indies in 2013. Shami grabbed nine wickets in the first match of that Test series at the Eden Gardens, the highest by an Indian fast bowler on debut. The right-arm fast bowler has ever since plucked 229 wickets at an average of 27.7 in 64 Tests.