In a memorable display of fast bowling, Mohammad Shami etched his name in the annals of cricket history during India’s encounter with New Zealand in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Shami’s remarkable performance saw him secure five crucial wickets, outclassing the New Zealand batting lineup. His illustrious victims included Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryll Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, and Matt Henry. With an impressive bowling figure of 5 wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs, Shami showcased his mastery of the craft and his unwavering commitment to the game.
This outstanding feat also earned Shami a prestigious place in the realm of international cricket. He now stands as the first Indian bowler to achieve two five-wicket hauls in ICC ODI World Cups, a testament to his consistency and exceptional skills on the global stage.
Notably, Shami’s accomplishment marked the seventh time an Indian bowler has achieved a fifer in ICC ODI World Cups. This rich history of Indian bowling talent on the global stage includes notable names like Shami himself (2019), Ashish Nehra (2003), Venkatesh Prasad (1999), Robin Singh (1999), Yuvraj Singh (2011), and Kapil Dev (1983).
In addition to this feat, Mohammad Shami also left his mark by surpassing the legendary spinner Anil Kumble’s record of 31 wickets in ODI World Cups, solidifying his status as one of India’s premier bowling talents.
Furthermore, Shami’s remarkable achievement elevated him to the third position on the all-time list of Indian World Cup wicket-takers. He now stands just behind the fast bowling duo of Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan, both of whom have claimed 44 wickets each. Shami’s impressive tally of 36 wickets reflects his consistent and impactful contributions to India’s ODI campaigns, making him a formidable force in the world of cricket.