Mohammed Shami

1. Overcoming T20 setbacks, Mohammed Shami excels in ODI World Cup 2023.
2. Leading India’s pace attack, Shami’s standout performances earn praise.
3. Notable achievements include best bowling effort against New Zealand, securing 23 wickets in six matches, including a crucial seven-wicket haul in the semi-final.

Sports, Nov 19: After facing setbacks in consecutive T20 World Cups, Mohammed Shami has emerged as a standout performer in the ODI World Cup 2023, leading India’s pace attack and contributing significantly to their title charge.

His remarkable performances in the tournament have earned him praise and recognition as one of India’s greatest white-ball bowlers. In a crucial match against New Zealand, Shami delivered the best bowling effort by an Indian in ODIs, securing 23 wickets in just six matches, including seven wickets in a challenging semi-final.

However, Shami’s journey to success wasn’t without challenges. Following India’s defeat to Pakistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup, he faced severe trolling and online abuse. Despite finding support from teammates, the loss affected India’s campaign, leading to an early exit from the group stages.

Despite his impressive performance in the Gujarat Titans’ IPL title-winning campaign, Shami faced uncertainties in white-ball cricket. His T20 World Cup 2022 stint saw limited success, and doubts loomed over his role in the Indian team for the 50-over World Cup.

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Hardik Pandya’s injury opened the door for Shami, and he seized the opportunity, becoming India’s all-time leading wicket-taker in World Cups. With 24 scalps in the 2023 tournament, he showcased his bowling prowess and played a pivotal role in India’s success.

In the semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Shami’s exceptional spell of seven wickets secured a crucial victory for India, highlighting his ability to perform in high-pressure situations.

As he heads to Ahmedabad for the final against Australia, Shami’s impressive journey in the World Cup reflects his resilience and determination, solidifying his status as one of India’s greatest bowlers.