Mohammed Shami dedicates 200th Test wicket to his father
New Delhi : Taking his 200th Test wicket, Mohammed Shami dedicated the achievement to his father. He achieved the feat during the first Test match against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Mohammed Shami had lost his father in 2017.
"The celebration after reaching the 200 wickets mark was for my father, he had passed away in 2017. The entire credit for my success goes to him, I had a very good upbringing. I just wanted to credit my father as he was there for me throughout," Shami told bowling coach Paras Mhambrey on BCCI.TV.
Shami performed exceptional on Day 3 and took five wickets to bowl out South Africa for 197 runs; with this India took a sizable 130-run lead in the Boxing Day Test. The 31-year-old dismissed Kagiso Rabada to become the fastest Indian (in terms of balls bowled) to reach the 200th wicket mark.
Shami said he was "proud" to contribute to the team's cause.
"I was just thinking about how good the effort has been, I felt it would be nice if I can get a five-wicket haul. I also reached the 200 wickets landmark in Test cricket, it is a nice and proud feeling. When I took 100 wickets in Tests, I thought I have achieved something, after 200, I am feeling very good and I just hope to keep on performing for the side. The more you enjoy your cricket, performances keep on coming," he added.