Shami’s exceptional bowling performance, capped by a crucial seventh wicket, sets India on course for a spot in the Cricket World Cup final. His magical performance bagged India’s team a 70-run win over the Kiwis and has also set the record as the fastest bowler to fetch 50 wickets in 17 innings in the history of the ICC World Cup.
Historical Night For Team India
Yesterday many records were broken by this younger generation and it will continue to haunt other players for years. The Miraculous innings of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Rohit Sharma in this series of World Cup had placed them in the “League of Legends” and their names will be shown in the “Hall of Fame”.
Let’s discuss which team India has made in this edition of the World Cup –
1. Stellar Bowling by Shami –
This is one of the greatest comebacks that the cricket world has ever seen in history. He was on the bench for the first four matches and was replaced by Shardul Thakur. After a prolonged time, he got a chance to play against New Zealand in the 21st ODI and this match became a breakthrough match in the career of this player. He did such a fantastic spell that he fetched 5 wickets in his first match and made the Kiwis surrender at an easily chasable score of 273 runs. After this extraordinary haul against New Zealand, he never looked back and continuously moved forward in fetching his streaks of wickets.
He took 23 wickets in just 6 innings and went ahead of Adam Zampa who took 22 wickets in 9 innings. Also, he became the fastest bowler to fetch the fastest 50 wickets in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup. One of the most evident records set by him was earlier tonight in the semi-final match against NZ when he took 7 wickets and became the first Indian and first bowler of WC 2023 to take wickets in bunches.
2. Sensational Innings by Virat Kohli –
Virat Kohli has set the epitome of greatness in this series by creating such records that would be remembered by generations to come and even harder for them to break. Firstly, he broke the record of the ‘God of Cricket’ – Sachin Tendulkar who earlier had set the milestone of scoring 673 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. Virat Kohli is currently standing firm on the score of 711 runs and he is yet to score more in the finals.
Secondly, he made a century against NZ in the first semi-final surpassing Sachin Tendulkar (49 centuries) by making 50 ODI centuries, the highest ever in the history of Cricket. It takes a lot of courage, hard work, and sacrifice to reach the summit and be sure enough that it will be very difficult for others to pass through his records.
3. Dependable Shreyas Iyer –
As said by Rahul Dravid ” After 10 long years we have finally found some dependable player who can carry the baggage of the team by playing at no. 4″. Shreyas Iyer has made the world of cricket his disciple by showing his tremendous talent and standing firm like a backbone of team India. This is the first World Cup for Iyer and he proved it by keeping the trust of the selectors. He is among the top 3 players from India who scored more than 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. In his recent match against NZ, he played an electrifying knock of 100 runs in just 67 balls, leading the team India in the streets of victory. These innings of Shreyas Iyer of the World Cup will be inked in the minds of every Indian and every cricket fan.
4. Rohit Sharma –
Rohit Sharma can be seen as the best example of a Captain and a selfless player. He played all his ten innings as a captain and for his team and not for his milestones. He always gave a smashing start to the team in the powerplays and tried to reduce the pressure on forthcoming players. This strategy of his worked and now they are in the finals. This looks like a dream which is too good to be true. He is also standing tall in the queue of hitters by smashing 28 sixes in 10 innings and is among the three players from India who scored 500+ plus in the single edition of the World Cup. To be precise he is the first Indian player who consecutively scored 500+ plus in the World Cup.