Mohammed Siraj, Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP, ARUN SANKAR/AFP and Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)
India gear up for the ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final clash against New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, a venue that has witnessed their stellar performances. Despite past setbacks in the semi-finals, notably against New Zealand, the team exudes confidence, fueled by their exceptional tournament run. With a potent pace attack, India remains poised, ready to showcase their cricketing prowess and rewrite history in this crucial encounter.
India’s pace battery, featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami, has been nothing short of spectacular in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 and even the most formidable batters have found them nightmarish. Shami, though a late entrant in the squad, swiftly climbed the wicket-takers ladder with his lethal performances one after another. On the other hand, Bumrah’s economical spells and Siraj’s mesmerizing swing have added magic to India’s bowling arsenal, making them a formidable force in the tournament.
Having said that, according to the former Pakistan pace sensation Wasim Akram, a bowler’s confidence at this level should be akin to believing ‘I am one of the best.’ The Indian pacers, in his opinion, possess that self-assurance. He emphasized that with such confidence, the years of hard work put in by the players start to yield results. The statistics also indicate the formidable performance of the Indian pacers in the ongoing World Cup.
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Indian pace trio’s stats showcase unrivaled dominance in World Cup 2023
In the high-stakes arena of the World Cup 2023, India’s pace triumvirate has been a revelation during the Powerplays. They have orchestrated a bowling symphony, amassing a formidable tally of 18 wickets with a combined economy of 3.85 in the crucial overs. At the forefront of this searing assault is the pace maestro Bumrah.
The spearhead of the Indian attack has left a trail of devastation, claiming an impressive 17 scalps in the tournament at a miserly economy rate of 3.65. Bumrah’s ability to consistently trouble batters has been the cornerstone of his success, reflected in a remarkable average of 15.64. His precision and guile make him a formidable force, and the opposition is finding it increasingly difficult to navigate through his web of yorkers and deceptive variations.
Shami, the crafty exponent of swing and seam, has also left an indelible mark, especially in the Powerplays. With 16 wickets to his name at an economy rate of 4.78, he has been the orchestrator of early breakthroughs, providing crucial wickets for the Indian side. What stands out even more is his astonishing average of 9.56, a testament to his ability to dismantle opposition with clinical efficiency. Shami’s knack for extracting movement off the surface and relentless accuracy has made him a potent force.
Completing the trio is the relentless Mohammed Siraj, who, with 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.20, has complemented his fellow pacers admirably. Siraj’s ability to extract bounce and generate awkward angles has proven to be a constant menace for batters. Despite a slightly higher economy rate, his knack for striking at crucial junctures and disrupting the opposition’s plans has been invaluable for Team India.