Mumbai, November 15 (Language) Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who has given India’s best bowling performance in an ODI match, said here on Wednesday that he was waiting for his opportunity and he is happy that he has taken it well. Roasted.
Shami played a key role in India’s 70-run win over New Zealand in their first World Cup semi-final. Shami gave the best performance of his career and created an Indian record by taking seven wickets for 57 runs. This is the first time that an Indian bowler has taken seven wickets in an ODI match. Shami was chosen man of the match for this brilliant performance.
Shami did not get a chance in India’s initial matches but after that when he was included in the playing eleven, he bowled amazingly. He has taken 23 wickets so far in this tournament.
Shami said after the match, “I was waiting for my opportunity. I had not played much limited overs cricket. I made my comeback in Dharamsala only against New Zealand. We talk a lot about variations but I believe it is important to pitch the ball forward and take wickets with the new ball.
Talking about India finally crossing the semi-final hurdle, Shami said, “It’s a great feeling. In the last two World Cups we lost in the semi-finals. No one knows when you will get such an opportunity again so we did not want to leave any stone unturned this time. We didn’t want to let this opportunity slip away.”
India won the toss and batted first and scored 397 runs for four wickets and thus made the record of the highest score in the knockout stage of the World Cup. In response, the New Zealand team was out after scoring 327 runs in 48.5 overs.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that reaching the target of close to 400 runs was not easy but his players did not give up till the end.
Williamson said, “First of all congratulations to India.” He demonstrated an excellent game. Reaching 400 runs was naturally difficult but our players fought till the end. It is disappointing to lose in the semi-finals but I am proud of the performance of our players over the last seven weeks.