Mohammad Shami is proving why he is gem of a player after helping India win two matches in a row against Afghanistan and Windies in the ongoing ICC Cricket World 2019.
The lanky pacer became only the second Indian bowler to grab a World Cup hat-trick while playing Afghanistan. He pulled India out of trouble in the match defining last over. Shami, On Thursday continued his breakthrough. He scalped four wickets by giving away just 16 runs in 6.4 overs against Windies who were all out for just 143 runs.
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He has picked up 8 wickets in just 2 matches after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was forced to sit out due to injury. Shami is in top form since the beginning of this year, he has helped India win a ODI series against New Zealand in their backyard.
While interacting to the media in Manchester, he spoke that it is only him who deserves all the credit for his turnaround. He said that he is completely focused in doing well for India.
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Shami has had a terrible last year and a half where he faced many challenges. His ex-wife, Hasin Jahan had accused him of domestic violence. He was dropped from the BCCI’s central contract until a pending inquiry.
Shami has been a brilliant bowler for team India but has faced fitness issues over the years. Despite his personal challenges, he continued to work hard on his fitness (lose weight and followed proper diet). Eventually his efforts are paying off, now he is back in business, doing his best.
While everyone were unsure if Shami would be a proper fit to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It is him who gave multiple blows to Windies and got rid of dangerous Chris Gayle and Shai Hope and exposed an inexperienced middle-order.
Fans have taken to social media after he was not given Man of the Match Award in both matches. Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli were awarded MoM in last two matches.
India will next play a game against hosts, England on June 30 (Sunday). They will be hoping for another top performance from Shami to continue their domination in the tournament.
However, the pacer was also in news for wrong reasons. He saluted after Sheldon Cottrell got out while batting. Some say he is disrespecting the army. Twitteratis took to social media to criticize him. People who have followed it closely would have understand that he was just taking a jibe against him (Cottrell). Cottrell had saluted as a part of his typical celebration after dismissing Shami for a duck during India’s innings.
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