Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Team India for their outstanding performance in the ODI World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. In his congratulatory message, the Prime Minister specifically acknowledged the stellar contribution of Mohammad Shami, the standout performer of the night.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s commendation, the star cricketer expressed gratitude with a thank-you note.
In the high-stakes match, India set an imposing target of 398 runs for New Zealand, fueled by centuries from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Despite New Zealand’s efforts, they could only manage to score 327. This victory marked India’s impressive 10th consecutive win in the World Cup, securing their spot in the finals scheduled for Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Reflecting on the semi-final, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Today’s Semi-Final has been even more special thanks to stellar individual performances too. The bowling by Mohammad Shami in this game and also throughout the World Cup will be cherished by cricket enthusiasts for generations to come.”
With an impressive performance, Mohammad Shami secured seven wickets, pivotal in changing the course of the match by taking two crucial wickets in a single over, including the dismissal of the in-form Kiwi captain, Kane Williamson. This marked Shami’s third five-wicket haul in the World Cup, propelling him to be the leading wicket-taker in this tournament.
“Enter into the final like a Boss. What an electrifying display of cricketing prowess. All the best for the showdown. Let’s secure the cup,” tweeted Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Heartfelt congratulations to Team India for reaching the finals of the Cricket World Cup! We are now a step closer to clinching the coveted trophy,” stated Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.
“The exceptional performance of the entire team, highlighted by Virat Kohli’s record-setting century and Mohammad Shami’s impressive 7-wicket haul, fills every Indian with unparalleled joy and immense pride,” he remarked.
“A historic victory! Warmest congratulations to all fellow countrymen on India’s ‘great’ triumph over New Zealand!” tweeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
After a 12-year wait, India has secured a spot in the ODI World Cup final. The last time was in 2011 when the team, under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, clinched the world cup after a 28-year hiatus, notably on the same ground where Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami etched their names into history with remarkable performances.
In a momentous achievement, batting maestro Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most One Day International hundreds. Kohli notched his 50th ODI century at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which holds a special place as Sachin Tendulkar’s homeground.
Adding to the historic feat, Mohammad Shami set a new benchmark by breaking Ashish Nehra’s 20-year-old record for the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in World Cups. Shami’s exceptional seven-wicket haul surpassed Nehra’s six-wicket performance against England in the 2003 World Cup.