Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s record

first_imgNew Zealand vs India, 1st ODIBrief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. ScorecardMohammed Shami’s performance in the one-day format is improving with each passing game as he showcased in the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier on Wednesday.Shami, who made a comeback in the 50-over side in October last year, credited India captain Virat Kohli, the team management and the Indian cricket board for the role they played in his successful return in 2017 after he spent nearly two years on the sidelines recuperating from a shoulder injury.”Coming back from injury, we have good facilities provided to us. It changed things for me a bit. It was big blow. For the next 18 months I was in rehab.”I trained really hard and when I came into the team, everyone backed me, the management, the captain and so I was able to push my limits, keep getting fitter and fitter,” Shami said at the post-match presentation after being adjudged man-of-the-match.Thank You One & All for the Support, Wishes, Prayers & Enduring Trust on me through thick & thin times as a Player & a Person.I Dedicate this feat to my angel [email protected] @BCCI @ICC @cric Shami (@MdShami11) January 23, 2019Speaking about his performance in this match, Shami said that the familiarity of bowling in Australian pitches earlier this month helped him in this game.advertisement”Success boils down to the hard work by the team on the whole. And we always have plans for players. Plan A, Plan B. We can go from one to the next.”Slight changes in conditions. Grounds are bigger in Australia. Looking at the last series we played here, it was important to figure out where to bowl her depending on those dimensions,” he added.Shami on fire #TeamIndia #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 23, 2019During the match the Bengal pacer also become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in one-day internationals after removing Martin Guptill in his first over.Shami beat the Indian record which was previously held by left-arm swing bowler Irfan Pathan. Shami got to the landmark in his 56th ODI while Pathan had done it in 59 matches.100 ODI wickets and counting for @MdShami11 #TeamIndia #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 23, 2019He went on to get the wickets of Colin Munro and Mitchell Santner as India bowled out New for 157 in 38 overs and then chased down the revised total of 156 with 8 wickets in hand and inside 35 overs thanks to Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 75 and Virat Kohli’s 59-ball 45.The target was reduced by two runs and one over reduced after a bizarre stoppage in play due to the setting sun and that was possibly the only moment of high drama in a game which was expected to produce some fireworks.At the end of the day, India celebrated their first ODI win against the hosts in New Zealand. The last win had come in Hamilton back in 2009. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.Also Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso Read | Virat Kohli overtakes Brian Lara, storms into top 10 of leading ODI run-scorersAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 1st ODI: India beat New Zealand by 8 wicketslast_img