Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has said that he was surprised to see Mohammed Shami’s bowling during the ICC World Cup 2023. Mohammed Shami finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Mohammed Shami hunted 24 wickets in 7 games to finish as the highest wicket-taker for India as well as the tournament. He grabbed three 5-wicket hauls during the tournament and also scripted the record for the best bowling show by an Indian pacer by picking 7 wickets against New Zealand in the semi-final.
I Was Surprised With The Way Mohammed Shami Bowled: Muttiah Muralitharan
While speaking to ANI, spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan said that Mohammed Shami bowled really differently in the ICC World Cup 2023. He also added that he was surprised to witness his bowling.
“I was surprised with the way Mohammed Shami bowled. He is a great bowler, but he was really different in this World Cup,” Muralitharan said.
Shami was not picked in the first four games. Shardul Thakur was picked in the playing XI with better skills in batting. However, after Hardik Pandya was ruled out, India had to induct Shami in the playing 11.
In his first-ever game against New Zealand, Shami picked a five-wicket haul. After his marvelous show, he became a confirmed bowler in the playing XI. He continued with his good form and finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Meanwhile, India lost the ICC World Cup final to Australia. In the final, the Aussies managed to outplay India by 6 wickets. Opting to bowl first, the Aussies restricted India to 240 in 50 overs with a fabulous pace attack. Later, Travis Head hit a century as Australia won the match in 43 overs. They lifted their sixth ODI World Cup trophy after winning the title.