5 new records set by Mohammed Shami in match-winning spell against New Zealand

Mohammed Shami produced a spell of a lifetime as India beat New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Shami finished with stupendous figures of 9.5-0-57-7 as the Men in Blue advanced to the final of the mega event after beating the Black Caps by 70 runs.

Shami became the Player of the Match after India successfully defended 397 after bowling the Kiwis out for 327 in 48.5 overs.

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Shami gave India the initial breakthroughs with the crucial wickets of Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. New Zealand made India sweat after Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell put on 181 runs for the third wicket.

But Shami returned in his second spell to turn the match in India’s favour. He removed a well-set Williamson after which he got the wicket of Tom Latham, who failed to open his account.

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Later, Shami came back to brush off the tail with the wickets of Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee. He also got the wicket of Daryl Mitchell, who tried his heart out for the Kiwis, scoring 134 runs off 119 balls with nine fours and seven sixes.

Shami getting the vital wicket of the dangerous-looking Mitchell in the 46th over was the final nail in New Zealand’s coffin.

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The pacer has simply been exceptional ever since he came into the Indian XI following Hardik Pandya’s ankle injury in the match against Bangladesh at the MCA Stadium in Pune in Pune.

All eyes will be on Shami when India take the field in the final to be played on November 19 in Ahmedabad.

Here are 5 records set by Mohammed Shami following his heroic spell

1 – Shami 1st Indian to 50 wickets in ODI World Cups

Mohammed Shami became the first Indian to pick up 50 wickets in the ODI World Cup. Overall, he became the seventh bowler after Glenn McGrath (71), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), Mitchell Starc (59), Lasith Malinga (56), Wasim Akram (55) and Trent Boult (53) to the landmark.

Earlier in the tournament, Shami also became the leading wicket-taker for India in ODI World Cups, going past Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath’s tally of 44 scalps.

2 – Shami fastest to 50 wickets in ODI World Cups

Mohammed Shami became the fastest bowler to 50 wickets in the ODI World Cup. The speedster achieved the feat in only his 17th innings after he got the wicket of Kane Williamson during New Zealand’s run-chase. Shami broke the record of Mitchell Starc, who reached the milestone in his 19th innings in the ongoing World Cup.

Starc had set the record in Australia’s opening match against India on October 8 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

3 – Best figures by an Indian in ODIs

Mohammed Shami recorded the best figures by an Indian bowler in the history of ODIs. In fact, he became the first Indian to pick up a seven-wicket haul in the 50-over format. Shami overtook Stuart Binny, who finished with figures of 4.4-2-4-6 against Bangladesh back in 2014 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Apart from that, Shami also notched the fifth-best bowling figures in the history of the ODI World Cup. Glenn McGrath (7-4-15-7 against Namibia in 2003), Andy Bichel (10-0-20-7 against England in 2003), Tim Southee (9-0-33-7 against England in 2015) and Winston Davis (10-3-51-7 against Australia in 1983) hold the top four spots.

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4 – Most 5-wicket hauls in a single World Cup edition

Mohammed Shami became the first bowler to pick up three five-wicket hauls in a single edition of the World Cup. Australia’s Gary Gilmour (1975), Sri Lanka’s Ashantha de Mel (1983), West Indies’ Vasbert Drakes (2003), Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (2011) and Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman (2019) picked up two five-wicket hauls apiece.

Apart from his five-wicket haul in the semis, Shami also took fifers in the league matches against the Black Caps in Dharamsala and against Sri Lanka in Mumbai.

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5- Best figures in ODI World Cup knockouts

Mohammed Shami now holds the record for the best figures in the history of knockout matches in the World Cup. He went past Gary Gilmour, who had figures of 12-6-14-6 against England back in the semi-final of the 1975 World Cup at the Headingley in Leeds.

Mohammed Shami also made the record of most wickets by an Indian bowler in a single edition of an ODI World Cup, having taken 23 wickets from six matches. He broke the record of Zaheer Khan, who picked up 21 wickets from nine matches back in the 2011 World Cup. Starc holds the record for the most wickets in a single World Cup.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India