shami: Mohammed Shami becomes the ODI World Cup’s fastest player to reach 50 wickets

Mohammed Shami’s unstoppable ODI World Cup journey continued as the Indian pacer achieved a historic milestone during the semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Right-arm spinner Shami became the fastest bowler to claim 50 wickets in ODI World Cup history when he caught Tom Latham in front at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Shami achieved the feat in 17 innings, breaking the previous record held by Australian pacer Mitchell Starc, who took 19 innings to achieve this milestone.

In terms of balls taken, Shami got his 50 wickets with 795 deliveries, while Starc took 941. He is also the first Indian bowler to achieve the landmark and the seventh overall to complete 50 wickets in the World Cup.

After being benched for the first four matches of the tournament, Shami is likely to enjoy his life as he has taken 20 wickets so far in 6 matches including two five-wicket hauls.

Aussie Glenn McGrath leads the chart with 71 wickets followed by Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan (68).

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