New Delhi. The Indian team has entered the final of the World Cup 2023 after defeating New Zealand by 70 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This is India’s third chance to win the 50-over World Cup. In the year 2011, Team India managed to win the World Cup played in India under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Now India will enter the field in the final match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on 19th November. Mohammad Shami played an important role in this victory of Team India. Taking 7 wickets to his name, he gave no chance to the opposition camp to come back. After the match, Shami also reacted to India’s poor performances in the knockout stages in the last few years.
Speaking to official broadcaster Star Sports, Shami said, ‘The wicket was good. There was a danger of fog. The grass was well cut. There were enough runs. If there had been fog, the situation could have worsened. Slower balls didn’t work either. India has now entered the finals of the World Cup. I feel wonderful. This is a huge platform. We failed in the semi-finals of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. This time we did it. Let us tell you that in the 2015 World Cup, Team India had to face defeat at the hands of Australia in the semi-final match. On the same lines, in 2019, New Zealand defeated India in the semi-finals.
What did Shami say after taking 5 wickets?
On taking 5 wickets for the third time in the current World Cup, Mohammad Shami said, ‘I am trying to take advantage of the opportunity that I have got. We don’t know when we will get such an opportunity again. I was waiting for my turn. I didn’t play white ball cricket much. I had in mind, we talk about many things like yorkers and slow balls. I tried to take the wicket with the new ball. I try to take as many wickets as possible with the new ball. I dropped the catch of Kane Williamson. I felt bad. I tried to increase the speed. He was playing his shots. So, I took a chance.
India won the toss and batted first and scored 397 for four, thus setting a record for the highest score in the knockout stages of the World Cup. In reply, the New Zealand team was bowled out for 327 runs in 48.5 overs.
First published: November 16, 2023, 06:01 IST