Mohammed Shami has been recommended for this year’s prestigious Arjuna award by the selection committee after he took 24 wickets in World Cup 2023.
Mohammed Shami is in contention for the Arjun Award after his brilliant performance in the World Cup 2023. The India pacer has been recommended for this year’s prestigious Arjuna award by the selection committee after he took 24 wickets in World Cup 2023 to emerge as the highest wicket-taker, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday.
According to sources, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made a special request to the Sports Ministry as earlier, Shami’s name was not present on the list. Arjuna Award is the second-highest sporting honour.
The 33-year-old was sensational for the Men in Blue throughout the year. The right-arm pacer continued his golden run in the World Cup. Among the highlights of his campaign was a stunning 5/18 against Sri Lanka at Wankhede. Already under pressure in a 358-run chase, Shami’s arrival at the end of the first Powerplay spelt the end for Sri Lanka. In his five overs, he ran through their middle and lower order.
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A focused 2/18 aided in the demolishment of South Africa at Eden Gardens. The quick bowler also shone in the semi-final against New Zealand.
Shami, who was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, was exceptionally impressive considering that he didn’t even play for the team when the tournament began.
After missing his team’s first four games, Shami emerged as a star bowler, claiming 24 wickets at an average of just 10.70. Only four players in the history of the men’s game – Lasith Malinga (56), Mitchell Starc (65), Muttiah Muralitharan (68), and Glenn McGrath (71), have taken more wickets in the ODI Cricket World Cups than Shami (55), with Shami’s returns coming in ten fewer matches than any of the players above him on the list.
Shami is likely to return to on-field action for India in their upcoming two-match Test series against South Africa. The first Test will be a boxing day clash on December 26 in Centurion. The second will be played on January 3 in Cape Town.
With ANI inputs
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