In a thrilling semifinal clash between India and New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Mohammed Shami etched his name in the record books with a stellar performance, rewriting history and leading India to a resounding 70-run victory.
Shami’s magnificent seven-wicket haul not only secured India’s spot in the World Cup final but also marked the best-ever wicket haul by an Indian bowler in the 50-over World Cup history. His figures of 7/57 surpassed the previous record held by Ashish Nehra (6/23) in the 2003 World Cup.
The pace veteran’s exceptional spell propelled him to become the highest wicket-taker for India in World Cup history, reaching a remarkable milestone of four five-wicket hauls – the most by any bowler in Cricket World Cup history. Mitchell Starc, the Australian left-arm quick, has now dropped to the second spot with three five-wicket hauls.
In addition to his historic achievements, Shami also completed 50 World Cup wickets, making him the seventh bowler and the fastest to reach this milestone, surpassing Mitchell Starc‘s previous record.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, also played a pivotal role in India’s commanding victory by scoring his record 50th ODI century. The Indian team posted an imposing total of 397/4 in their 50 overs, with contributions from Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer.
Shami’s childhood coach, Mohamed Badrudeen, expressed joy over India’s triumph, highlighting Kohli’s exceptional performance and Shami’s consistent form throughout the tournament. With this victory, India has advanced to the World Cup final, igniting hopes of lifting the coveted trophy.
On November 14 at 1:14 PM IST (Indian Standard Time), a user on ‘X’ with the username ‘@DonMateo_X14’ posted about having a dream in which Shami won the semifinal match on November 15 by a total of seven wickets. And as a result, his message became extremely popular on the platform, leaving his fans in awe. Here are some of the responses: