Sports apparel company Puma announced on Friday that they have enlisted Team India’s quick bowler, Mohammed Shami, as their brand ambassador. This collaboration will see the Indian fast bowler promoting Puma’s range of footwear, apparel, and accessories through various activities and campaigns over the course of the year.
“Bringing Mohammed Shami into the Puma family reinforces our dedication to the sport of cricket. 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,” said Karthik Balagopalan, managing director of Puma India.
Puma’s roster of brand ambassadors features prominent Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Harleen Deol, along with sprinting legend Usain Bolt, football stars Neymar Jr and Sunil Chhetri, boxing sensation MC Mary Kom, and para-shooting sensation Avani Lekhara.
“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,” said Shami.
Shami marked his debut against the West Indies in 2013 at the Eden Gardens, where he impressively claimed nine wickets in the match, setting a record for the highest number of wickets taken by an Indian fast bowler on debut. Throughout his career, this right-arm fast bowler has participated in 64 Test matches, amassing 229 wickets with an average of 27.7.
Additionally, Puma has introduced a novel bowling spike featuring a specialized midsole designed to provide support for fast bowlers while catering to the needs of runners.
Established in 1948 by Rudolf Dassler, Puma is a global corporation engaged in the design and production of athletic and casual footwear, as well as apparel and accessories. This German-based conglomerate encompasses brands such as Puma, Cobra Golf, and stichd, and it distributes its product range across over 120 countries.
Puma made its foray into the Indian market in 2006, and as of August 9, 2023, it boasts a network of more than 582 stores across the nation.