London: Pacer Mohammed Shami is a seasoned campaigner. On the field, he is a cool customer and always tries to perform with the ball, which pays dividends for the team. In doing so, Shami became the fastest Indian to grab 150 wickets in ODIs.
He achieved this milestone during the first ODI against England at the Kennington Oval on Tuesday. He sent back three English batters to the pavilion and, in the process, scalped 150 wickets in his 80th match and broke the record of former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar, who had taken 97 matches.
Shami is now in the third position, along with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, to get the fastest 150 wickets. Only two bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Stars (77 matches) and Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq (78 matches), are in first and second place, respectively.
Jasprit Bumrah’s six-wicket and three wickets by Shami restricted the hosts to 110 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series at Kennington Oval on Tuesday. It was ultimately England’s lowest total against India in the 50-over format.
Meanwhile, the Indian openers achieved the target in 18.4 overs and outclassed the home side by 10 wickets.
Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 76 and 31 runs respectively. The opening Indian pair achieved a rare feat by completing 5000 ODI runs as an opening pair.
Rohit and Dhawan became the fourth pair to cross 5000 runs in ODIs. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly scored 6,609 runs. The Australian pair of Hayden and Gilchrist had amassed 5372 runs, while the West Indies pair of Haynes and Greenidge had scored 5150 runs as an opening pair.
The second ODI of the series will take place on Thursday at Lords. India has an opportunity to seal the series and take a 2-0 unassailable lead, as they did in the T20 series.