During the first ODI of the highly anticipated series between India and Australia in 2023, fans witnessed a sensational moment as Mohammed Shami showcased his bowling prowess. Facing off against the former Australian skipper, Steve Smith, Shami delivered an absolute gem of a delivery that left cricket enthusiasts in awe.
The moment came during the 22nd over of the first innings, when Australia was looking to build a substantial partnership. Shami, renowned for his ability to extract movement and generate pace, produced a delivery that seemed to defy the laws of physics. The ball moved late and deviated substantially off the pitch, leaving Smith bewildered.
As the ball crashed into the stumps after taking an inside edge of Smith bat. The dismissal of star Australian batter was a sight to behold for cricket lovers and a testament to Shami’s exceptional skills. The wicket of Smith marked a crucial breakthrough for India as he was well-settled on 39 after facing 49 deliveries.
Here’s the video:
Shami’s inswinger breaches Smith’s defence pic.twitter.com/vkGVPc3DmH
— Kumar Sourav (@AdamDhoni1) September 22, 2023
This mesmerizing delivery by Shami left fans and experts alike applauding his mastery of seam and swing bowling. It serves as a testament to the excitement and high-quality cricket expected throughout the limited-overs series between India and Australia in 2023.
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— Samar Pratap Singh (@feel_code) September 22, 2023
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 22, 2023
What a ball from Mohammed Shami….!!!
Uprooted Steven Smith’s stumps – classic Shami on display. pic.twitter.com/02dbKqHmPC
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 22, 2023
Shami, What a beauty….!!!!
He cleans up Smith, India on a roll in tough hot day in Mohali. pic.twitter.com/aPHCWI2btr
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 22, 2023
WHAT A BALL BY MOHAMMED SHAMI.
He cleaned up Steve Smith – Incredible, Shami…!!! pic.twitter.com/C13cI0lVsE
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 22, 2023
Shami comes back for his second spell with a bang.
Removed Mitchell Marsh in his very first over.
Got Steve Smith out in the first over of his second spell.
Shami is breathing 🔥🔥🔥🔥. #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/S0ZAp4595A
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) September 22, 2023
Mohammed Shami sends Mitchell Marsh back to the pavilion early
Earlier in the day, Shami removed inform batter Mitchell Marsh on the fourth delivery of his first over.
Making his return to the playing XI, Shami bowled a delivery outside the off-stump, causing Marsh to have a got at it. The catch was cleanly taken by Shubman Gill at the first slip. Marsh’s brief stay at the crease concluded as he just managed to score 4 runs from 4 balls before heading back to the pavilion.
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Notably, Shami got a limited playing time during the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2023. The right-arm pacer mostly warming the bench as the Indian team management opted for Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj in the six-team tournament.