In a thrilling World Cup semifinal clash between India and New Zealand, history was etched on Wednesday as Mohammed Shami delivered a phenomenal performance, securing his place as the first Indian bowler to claim an extraordinary seven wickets in a One Day International (ODI) match.
Shami’s exceptional display on the field culminated in awe-inspiring figures of 7/57, dismantling the New Zealand batting lineup and restricting them to a total of 327 runs. This outstanding achievement surpassed the previous record held by Stuart Binny, who had claimed six wickets for four runs. Shami’s prowess in the semifinal not only secured India’s position in the World Cup final but also marked a historic moment in Indian cricket.
Not only did Shami outshine his predecessors, but he also etched his name in the history books by achieving the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in World Cup history. His spell surpassed the previous record set by Ashish Nehra, who had managed figures of 6/23 against England in the 2003 World Cup. Shami’s seven-wicket haul showcased not just skill but a rare level of dominance on the cricketing stage.
Shami’s relentless pursuit of wickets saw him dismissing key New Zealand batsmen, including Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee. His ability to break through the opposition’s defenses played a pivotal role in India’s success in the semifinal encounter.
During the innings, Shami achieved the distinction of being the fastest bowler to claim 50 wickets in the quadrennial event, adding another feather to his cap. Additionally, he became the first bowler to secure four five-wicket hauls in World Cups, solidifying his reputation as a formidable force in the cricketing world.
India’s triumph in the semifinal marked their tenth consecutive victory in the World Cup, showcasing not only Shami’s brilliance but also the team’s overall prowess. Opting to bat first, India posted a formidable total of 397 runs for the loss of four wickets. This commanding score was propelled by the 50th ODI century of Virat Kohli, and a rapid century by the dynamic Shreyas Iyer.
Despite Daryl Mitchell’s valiant century, New Zealand found themselves falling short by 70 runs in the face of India’s imposing total. The Indian team’s all-around performance, led by Shami’s exceptional bowling, ensured their spot in the World Cup final.
With this victory, India not only secured a spot in the final but also established themselves as a dominant force in the ongoing World Cup. Shami’s stellar performance elevated him to the top of the highest wicket-takers list in this edition of the tournament, adding another layer to India’s success story.
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