Shami led the bowlers’ rampage with an unbelievable burst of 5-1-18-5 as India shot down a clueless Lanka for a lowly 55 in 19.4 overs of their chase of an unbelievable 358.
Enjoying solely his third match of the event, Shami now has 14 wickets as he surpassed Zaheer Khan (44) to grow to be India’s highest wicket-taker ever on the cricketing extravaganza.
Legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram was mighty impressed with the bowling efficiency of the 33-year-old, highlighting that the size at which Shami bowls makes him a harmful bowler.
World Cup 2023: India crush Sri Lanka, grow to be first crew to qualify for semifinals
“5 overs and 5 for 18. What a spell! He’s the second bowler within the historical past of the World Cup to take three fifers. Solely Mitchell Starc had taken earlier than him. That is an enormous deal. And most wickets for India within the World Cup. One other report for Shami. 45 wickets now Shami has. That is an unbelievable efficiency by him. He comes and bowls seam deliveries. From the identical space, he makes the ball are available in and go away and with good tempo,” mentioned Akram on A Sports activities.
“He bowls at a size that offers reward. From again of size he will get the ball to go in and away. (Khichi hui size, wo, karta hai Shami). He does not swing the ball as a lot as Bumrah however he will get the ball to seam. General Shami’s efficiency was distinctive. He was simply toying round with the Sri Lankan batters. Nice to see, so impressed along with his bowling not simply on this recreation however in the entire World Cup. He has 14 wickets in three video games. He waited for his flip and put up an unbelievable efficiency. He’s solely going to get higher and it is excellent news for world cricket,” Akram added.
After claiming a fifer in opposition to New Zealand and a four-for in opposition to England, Shami on Thursday grabbed his second five-wicket haul on the 2023 World Cup.
With the fifer in opposition to the Lankans, Shami moved to the sixth spot on the listing of bowlers with most wickets at this yr’s World Cup.