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For Shami, a fairy tale World Cup

Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 07:11 PM
Kolkata, March 16: As a teenager he moved from the sleepy village of Sahaspur in Uttar Pradesh to the Asmall clubs of Kolkata, marking up his first nervous steps to make it big as a fast bowler. Now leading the list of Indian wicket-takers - and second overall - in the ongoing World Cup, Mohammed Shami seems to be on a dream run, capping years of struggle.

After a horrid tri-series and Test matches against Australia and England, Indian pace spearhead Shami has witnessed a upswing in his fortunes. With 15 victims from the Pool matches, the Bengal cricketer is only one adrift of the most successful bowler - Mitchell Starc of Australia.

Shami, who completed 25 years on March 9, has impressed both fans and critics with his art of seam bowling and dispelled anxieties of the team management which was badly in search of a leader for the young and inexperienced bowling attack following Bhuvneshwar Kumar's indisposition.

Shami has maintained an overall economy rate of 4.376 and a phenomenal strike rate of 12.6 in the World Cup so far.

For a man who made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in 2013, it has been a phenomenal performance.

Ahead of the Zimbabwe game, Shami also acknowledged Dhoni's contribution.

"I am always free and I have never been tensed when he has captained the side. He is someone who has always told me about my mistakes and asked me not to repeat them in the future. He never gets angry."

But the beginnings were quite tough.

All that hard work and spartan living has now paid off.
Agency: IANS
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