Indian pacer Mohammed Shami ended the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Shami, who had missed out on the first half of the tournament, made an entry in India’s fifth league stage match against New Zealand and made an impact that a lot of bowlers have not made in their entire World Cup careers.
In seven matches, Shami took 24 wickets at an average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20, with the best figures of 7/57. Shami had three five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul in the tournament and also gained the best bowling figures by an Indian in WC history.
In 18 World Cup matches, Shami has taken 55 wickets at an average of 13.52 and a strike rate of 15.81, with the best figures of 7/57. The pacer has taken four five-wicket hauls in his World Cup career, most by any bowler. He is the fifth-highest wicket-taker in tournament history. Australia’s Glenn McGrath has the highest wickets in ODI World Cup history, with 71 scalps in 39 matches.
Shami wreaked havoc in the semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai, picking up 7 wickets for 57 in 9.5 overs – the best figures registered by an Indian bowler in the ODIs.
In the final against Australia, Mohammed Shami picked up one wicket.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa finished the tournament as the highsest second highest wicket taker with 23 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 22.39, with best figures of 4/8.
(Inputs from ANI)