In a thrilling semi-final clash against New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Mohammed Shami etched his name in cricket history by becoming the fastest bowler to reach 50 wickets in the ODI World Cup. Shami achieved this milestone in just his 17th innings, surpassing the previous record held by Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who accomplished the feat in his 19th innings during the 2023 edition.
The Indian pacer’s remarkable achievement adds another feather to his cap as he also becomes the first Indian bowler to claim 50 wickets in the prestigious ODI World Cup. Joining the elite club of Glenn McGrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mitchell Starc, Lasith Malinga, Wasim Akram, and Trent Boult, Shami’s achievement cements his status as a standout performer on the global stage.
Shami’s journey to the 50-wicket mark included pivotal dismissals, showcasing his prowess and impact in crucial moments. Having already surpassed Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath’s ODI World Cup wicket tally of 44, Shami emerged as India’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Fastest by balls taken
In terms of balls bowled, he became the fastest to complete 50 wickets. Mohammad Shami took 50 wickets in 795 balls leading almost 200 balls by the second best Mitchell Starc (941).
Balls taken to complete 50 World Cup wickets:
Mohammed Shami – 795.
Mitchell Starc – 941.
Lasith Malinga – 1,187.
The fast bowler’s recent dominance has been evident since his inclusion in the playing XI, replacing Hardik Pandya. Shami’s stellar performances include a five-wicket haul against New Zealand and another against Sri Lanka, earning him the coveted Player of the Match award. His ability to consistently deliver breakthroughs has been a game-changer for the Indian team.
In the semi-final clash against New Zealand, Shami’s impact continued as he dismissed key batsmen, including the dangerous Kane Williamson. His crucial wickets played a pivotal role in limiting New Zealand’s run-scoring potential.
As India advances in the World Cup, Mohammed Shami’s extraordinary achievement stands as a testament to his skill, resilience, and ability to thrive under pressure on the global cricketing stage. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate Shami’s future performances as he continues to leave an indelible mark on the sport.