With the best bowling figures ever recorded by an Indian bowler in One-Day International cricket, Mohammed Shami has again emerged as the team’s hero at Wankhede Stadium. Against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, Shami claimed seven wickets.
With a sensational bowling performance, Shami led India to their fourth World Cup final. Shami is currently leading the race for Player of the Tournament as well. He does so with an average of just 9 and a strike rate of just 10 in his six games played in the ongoing competition.
Due to an ankle injury sustained by Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid were compelled to field Shami with just five pure bowlers. But the Uttar Pradesh-born pacer did not disappoint and has picked 22 wickets in just 6 games since then. He also broke plenty of records previously held by Mitchell Starc.
India vs New Zealand Semi Final1: As It Happened
India has now moved to the ICC men’s ODI World Cup final after beating New Zealand. They will now play the five-time World Champions Australia, with yet another impressive display as they thrashed New Zealand by 70 runs. Team India scored an enormous 397/4 in 50 overs and in 48.5 overs, they bowled New Zealand out for 327.
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Shreyas Iyer, who hammered 105 off of just 70 balls, also complemented Kohli’s knock. Previous to that, India’s quick start came from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Before Rohit was bowled out by Tim Southee for 29 balls and 47 runs, the two put on 71 in 8.2 overs.
Gill too displayed some style. But cramps forced him to end his innings early when he was on 79 runs. When the last over rolled along, he went to bat and scored one run.
Shami’s heroics take India to the Cricket World Cup 2023 Final
Mohammed Shami had a memorable day as India defeated New Zealand by 70 runs on Wednesday, November 16, at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, during the Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final.
India bowled the Black Caps out for 327 after they defended 397, with Shami finishing with 9.5-0-57-7. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra were the first two victims of the pacer.
He then returned to end the same over with the wickets of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. That came following a third-wicket partnership of 181 runs between Williamson and Daryl Mitchell. All that remained was the Kiwis’ yelling when Shami dismissed Mitchell.
Later, Mohammad Shami picked up wickets of Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee to tidy up the tail. Shami has taken 23 wickets in six games since being pushed into the starting lineup. It was done because of Hardik Pandya’s ankle injury.
Here are 5 key records broken by Mohammad Shami after his yet another heroics against New Zealand.
1. Mohammed Shami became the quickest bowler to pick 50 ODI Cricket World Cup wickets
In just his 17th World Cup game, Shami became the fastest player to achieve the 50-wicket mark, adding another feather to his cap.
Shami reached the benchmark when he had Kane Williamson toss a full one aerially into Suryakumar Yadav’s hands. Mitchell Starc held the previous record. He got it in his 19th game, which also was Australia’s opening 2023 World Cup match against India in Chennai.
2. Shami became the first bowler to take four five-wicket hauls in the World Cup
Before Mohammed Shami rewrote that record on Wednesday, no bowler in the history of the ODI World Cup had ever taken four five-wicket hauls. Although he took five wickets in the World Cup match against England in Birmingham in 2019, he has since added three more to the current edition.
With two in 2015 and two more in 2019, Mitchell Starc became the first player to reach three five-wicket innings in a Cricket World Cup.
3. Shami now has the most wickets by an Indian in a single World Cup edition
The 2023 Cricket World Cup wicket charts show that Shami has risen to the top in just six matches. He strikes once per 10.91 balls, boasting 23 scalps at an great average of 9.13. Mitchell Starc follows him closely in the table.
4. Shami became the first Indian bowler to take five five-wicket hauls in ODIs
In ODIs, Mohammed Shami has become the first bowler from India to claim 5 five-wicket hauls. No one else has even reached four, with three five-fers in each of the ODI careers of Javagal Srinath and Harbhajan Singh.
5. Shami recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs
Shami’s 7/57 was the best bowling average by an Indian in One-Day Internationals. In a white-ball international, this is the first time an Indian has taken seven wickets.