Following India’s commanding 70-run victory over New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal, BCCI President Roger Binny commended the “Men in Blue” for their authoritative performance throughout the tournament. Shami’s seven-wicket haul and Virat Kohli’s record 50th ODI century were pivotal in India’s triumph at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Binny expressed confidence in India’s chances in the final, stating, “It has been a tremendous run by the team, winning all the games with such authority. We definitely have a good chance.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the team on their victory, highlighting Shami’s exceptional bowling in the game.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah praised Team India for their spectacular journey to the finals, acknowledging standout performances from Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Shami. Shah lauded the team’s all-around effort, emphasizing the monumental achievement of Kohli’s 50th ODI hundred.
Shah’s post on social media celebrated India’s dominant batting display, with significant contributions from Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer. He credited Mohammed Shami’s crucial seven-wicket haul and milestone of reaching 50 World Cup wickets faster than anyone else. Shah rallied support for the team ahead of the final on November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Recapping the match, India posted a formidable total of 397/4 in their 50 overs, with notable performances from Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer. In response, New Zealand displayed resilience, with Daryl Mitchell’s impressive century and a partnership with Kane Williamson. However, Shami’s crucial two-wicket over turned the tide, and India’s bowlers secured the win by restricting New Zealand to 327 in 48.5 overs.
Mohammed Shami was awarded the “Player of the Match” for his outstanding spell. As the nation anticipates the final, the Men in Blue stand one step away from cricketing glory, with high hopes of bringing the World Cup trophy home.