India’s experienced fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, had a fantastic performance against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday, November 2.
Shami maintained his impressive form, securing his second five-wicket haul in the current ICC tournament. The seasoned player finished with remarkable figures of 5/18, helping India dismiss Sri Lanka for just 55 runs and secure a dominant 302-run victory.
Shami did something interesting when he took his fifth wicket. After the match, Shubman Gill explained that it was a playful gesture to tease India’s bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, who doesn’t have hair on his head.
You can watch Mohammed Shami’s gesture here:
India has won seven games in a row in the World Cup, making them the top team with the best run rate. They are also the first team to make it to the semi-finals after this win.
Mohammed Shami is now India’s highest wicket-taker in World Cup history
Although Mohammed Shami didn’t feature in India’s starting eleven for the first four matches of the 2023 World Cup, his performance has been impressive since he was included in the lineup against New Zealand.
Highest wickets for India in World Cup
- Mohammed Shami- 45 Wickets
- Zaheer khan- 44 Wickets
- Javagal Srinath- 44 Wickets
- Jasprit Bumrah- 33 Wickets
- Anil Kumble- 31 Wickets
The 33-year-old fast bowler has taken 14 wickets in just three matches, with an average of 6.71. Notably, he set multiple records during his match-winning performance against Sri Lanka.
With 45 wickets, the skilled fast bowler surpasses Zaheer Khan to become India’s top wicket-taker in World Cup matches.
Additionally, this was Shami’s fourth instance of taking five wickets in a One Day International (ODI), the highest among Indian bowlers in this format.
It was also his third five-wicket haul in ODI World Cups, tying with Australia’s Mitchell Starc for the most five-wicket hauls in the tournament’s history.