Last Update on: September 23rd, 2023 at 02:47 pm
Indian pacer Mohammed delivered his career-best bowling performance during the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia. Former Indian cricketers Mohammad Kaif and Robin Uthappa were impressed with Mohammed Shami’s bowling performances.
Mohammed Shami picked up five wickets for 51 runs in the series opener at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday, September 22. The right-arm fast bowler dismissed Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Short, and Sean Abbott in his 10-over quota.
Mohammed Shami Is A World Cup Hero – Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif took to his social media handle, X (formerly known as Twitter), to appreciate Mohammed Shami for his five-wicket haul in the first ODI. Kaif described Shami as the world’s most underrated pacer.
“Mohammed Shami is easily the world’s most underrated pacer. To me he is a world Cup hero. Bhai ko halke mein mat lena. Congrats on fifer,” Kaif posted on ‘X’.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj are the first-choice pacers for India at the moment. The 33-year-old got an opportunity in the playing XI due to the absence of Mohammed Siraj. He made the most of the opportunity by picking up a five-wicket haul.
Mohammed Shami Stole The Show – Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa lauded Mohammed Shami for his five-wicket haul and described it as stealing the show. Uthappa also highlighted India’s exceptional batting performance, which is a positive sign for India as they prepare for the ODI World Cup 2023.
“Team India’s batting was exceptional! Openers laid the foundation, middle order finished strong, and Mohammed Shami’s 5-wicket haul stole the show. Solid 50’s from Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul as well. Promising signs for India ahead of World Cup,” Uthappa posted on ‘X’.
The Men In Blue Takes A Lead In ODI Series
The Pat Cummins-led team posted a total of 276 runs after being asked to bat first. Veteran opener David Warner scored 52 runs off 53 deliveries, including 6 boundaries and two sixes. Josh Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, and Pat Cummins added valuable contributions at the end.
Indian openers Shubman Gill (74) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (71) added a 142-run partnership. However, the Men in Blue lost four wickets in quick succession. Skipper KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav steadied the run chase and helped the team reach the target with eight balls to spare.