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Veteran India pacer Mohammed Shami has been India’s go-to bowler in Cricket World Cup 2023, the place he’s at present the highest wicket-taker with 23 scalps to his title throughout six matches at an financial system of 5.01. His heroics embody three five-wicket hauls and a a four-for. Shami grabbed seven wickets within the semifinal in opposition to New Zealand in Mumbai on Tuesday. The best-arm pacer was not picked within the enjoying XI in India’s first 4 matches within the match, however as soon as he made a minimize after an sadly harm to all-rounder Hardik Pandya, the tempo sensation by no means seemed again.
“India at all times had match-winners on the bench. I will not say Hardik’s harm was a blessing in disguise, however everybody was ready to see how Shami would carry out, and the way in which he has set the stage on hearth has been excellent. I really feel if anybody deserves the Participant of the Event award, it is Mohammed Shami,” Yuvraj advised Sports Tak.
India’s head coach Rahul Dravid got here agonisingly near successful the Cricket World Cup title as a participant again in 2003. Within the summit conflict, India misplaced to Australia.
In the meantime, Rohit Sharma can be among the many gamers who’ve narrowly missed out on successful the title previously. Whereas he was not picked within the squad that gained the 2011 World Cup, he did get an opportunity to function within the subsequent two editions however India have been eradicated within the semi-finals on each the events.
“Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have an opportunity to get their first World Cup medal. They deserve it. Earlier than the Asia Cup, we have been questioning the place the Indian ODI workforce is as a result of we did not know the mix. Nevertheless, the return of Iyer, Rahul and Bumrah actually made a distinction,” Yuvraj added.
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