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Shami’s 7-Wicket World Record: Fan’s Dream Turns Reality, Rewriting Cricket World Cup Records

On November 15, the cricket world witnessed a historic moment at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Mohammed Shami clinched seven wickets for 57 runs against New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup semifinal, securing India’s 70-run victory. This remarkable achievement not only made Shami the highest wicket-taker for India in a 50-over World Cup but also sparked a viral sensation surrounding an eerily accurate fan prediction.

Just a day before the intense semifinal clash, on November 14, a user named Dan Mateo shared a prophetic dream on social media, foreseeing Shami’s stellar performance. His post, now circulating across platforms, adds an intriguing dimension to Shami’s extraordinary feat.

Shami’s figures, 7/57, not only overshadowed Ashish Nehra’s iconic 6/23 in the 2003 World Cup but also etched his name in the records of Cricket World Cup history. His performance ranks as the fifth-best in the tournament’s history, with Glenn McGrath’s 7/15 against Namibia in 2003 holding the top spot.

This milestone also marked Shami’s 50th World Cup wicket, achieved in just 17 innings, surpassing Mitchell Starc’s previous record. In six matches of WC 2023, Shami has taken an impressive 23 wickets, leading the tournament’s wicket charts with an average of 9.13.

Shami’s childhood coach, Mohamed Badrudeen, expressed joy over India’s victory and praised both Shami and Virat Kohli. Kohli, in the same match, marked his 50th ODI century, contributing to India’s formidable total of 397/4. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer also played crucial roles, showcasing India’s dominance in the tournament.

The Kiwis, in pursuit of 398, faced formidable resistance from Shami and the Indian bowling unit. Despite Daryl Mitchell’s remarkable 134 and Kane Williamson’s 69, Shami’s two-wicket over turned the tide in India’s favor. In the end, Shami was rightfully awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ for his dream spell that secured India’s spot in the World Cup final.

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