Shami’s Brilliance Guides India to Victory with Historic 7-Wicket Haul in World Cup Semi-Final

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Mohammed Shami, after dismantling the New Zealand batting in the first Semi-Final of World Cup 2023, has asserted that he is looking to cash in as many chances as he has with the Indian team. 

Speaking to the broadcasters at the post-match presentation, Shami said, “I feel amazing. This is a huge platform. We lost in the semis in the 2015 and the 2019 WC. Looking to cash in with the chance I have been given. We don’t know when all of us will get a chance like this again.”

Shami’s Historic Feat

In a spectacular display of cricket brilliance, Mohammed Shami’s historic seven-wicket haul catapulted India into the World Cup final, beating New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India emerged victorious by 70 runs, posting an imposing 397-4 and bowling out New Zealand for 327.

As a recurring theme in this World Cup, Shami continued his trend of striking early, dismissing Devon Conway with the first ball of his spell. He swiftly followed it up with the wicket of Rachin Ravindra, leaving New Zealand reeling at two down in the powerplay.

Dropped Catch and Redemption

Despite a valiant fightback from the Kiwis, highlighted by a remarkable 181-run stand between Mitchell and Williamson, Shami admitted to a moment of regret when he dropped Kane Williamson’s catch. In the post-match presentation, Shami expressed, “I dropped Williamson’s catch, I shouldn’t have. I felt terrible.” However, he redeemed himself in style, providing crucial breakthroughs by removing Williamson and trapping Latham lbw in the same over.

Reflecting on his performance, Shami revealed his tactical approach, saying, “I tried to take pace off. They were playing their shots. So, I took a chance. The wicket was good. There was the fear of dew. The grass was cut off nicely. The runs were enough. Had dew come in, things could have been bad. The slower balls might not have worked.”

Eagerly Awaiting Opportunities

Not initially part of the playing XI, Shami expressed his eagerness for chances, stating, “I was waiting for my chances. I didn’t play a lot of white-ball cricket. My return started against New Zealand [in Dharamsala].” He emphasized his determination to make the most of the opportunity, considering the uncertainty of when such chances might come again.

Mohammed Shami’s exceptional performance not only secured India’s place in the World Cup final but also showcased his resilience and tactical acumen. As India looks ahead to the final in Ahmedabad, Shami’s heroics add a layer of confidence to the team’s pursuit of World Cup glory.

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