In a heartbreaking turn of events during the Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia, it has been reported that Mohammed Shami’s mother, Anum Ara, was hospitalized near Sahashpur village in the Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh.
According to a Times of India report, she fell ill during the match, experiencing nervousness and fever. Shami’s relatives promptly took her to a local hospital for initial treatment, later transferring her to another health center.
Fortunately, her condition is now stable, and she is on the path to recovery. Shami’s cousin, Dr. Mumtaz, confirmed, “She was admitted to the hospital due to fever and nervousness. Now, her condition is normal.”
Despite this personal crisis, Shami concluded the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. Having missed the first half of the event, Shami made a significant impact upon his return in India’s fifth league stage match against New Zealand.
In a remarkable display of bowling prowess, Shami took 24 wickets in seven matches, boasting an impressive average of 10.70 and a strike rate of 12.20. His outstanding performance included three five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul, securing the best bowling figures by an Indian in World Cup history.
Shami’s overall World Cup record is equally impressive, with 55 wickets in 18 matches at an average of 13.52 and a strike rate of 15.81. He holds the record for the most five-wicket hauls in World Cup history, establishing himself as the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament’s illustrious history.
The legendary Glenn McGrath of Australia currently holds the record for the highest number of wickets in World Cup history.
As for the final match against Australia, India posted a competitive total of 240 runs in 50 overs, with notable contributions from skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul.
Despite a strong start in the bowling department, Australia’s Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne’s outstanding performances led them to a seven-wicket victory.
While Shami managed to take a wicket during the match, it was Travis Head who stole the show, earning the well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ title for his sensational century.