In a surprising turn of events, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has delivered a bombshell statement on the impressive performance of Mohammed Shami ahead of India’s World Cup final clash against Australia. Shami, initially not the favorite for a spot in the playing XI, has emerged as a standout performer for Team India in the ongoing 2023 Cricket World Cup, becoming a crucial bowler for captain Rohit Sharma, especially in tight situations.
Shami’s inclusion in the playing XI was unexpected, with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj initially preferred as the pacers, and Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur serving as the fast-bowling all-rounders. However, injuries and below-average form paved the way for Shami, who seized the opportunity with a remarkable seven-wicket haul in the semi-final against New Zealand. This performance marked the best-ever figures by an Indian bowler in ODI cricket history.
Currently leading the wickets chart with 23 dismissals in six matches, Shami has surpassed Australia’s Adam Zampa. His stellar record includes a four-wicket haul and three fifers in the tournament, setting the stage for an impactful performance in the much-anticipated final against arch-rivals Australia.
Former batting coach Sanjay Bangar, speaking on Star Sports, commended Shami for his resilience in overcoming challenges, both in his career and personal life. Bangar expressed pride in witnessing Shami’s character shine through despite facing rough patches, highlighting the pacer’s ability to maintain his composure and deliver outstanding performances on the cricket field. As India gears up for the World Cup final, all eyes will be on Mohammed Shami to play a pivotal role in potentially spoiling Australia’s party.