During the first of five ODI series between India and New Zealand, the Kiwis found themselves to be struggling early to find steady ground to tread on as an opener and all-time great Martin Guptill was stunned by Indian bowler Mohammed Shami in his first over.
Fresh after a rewarding tour Down Under, where Shami proved to be extremely efficient as the fourth best bowler during both the Test and ODI series, Shami looked hungry for wickets as he came in on the attack and succeeded in registering his first scalp of the day by bowling out Guptill with an in-swing.January 23, 2019
With this wicket, Shami broke Irfan Pathan's record to become the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 One Day International wickets. While Pathan achieved this feat in 59 matches, Shami reached the landmark in 56 ODIs.
Along with the two pacers, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar and Javagal Srinath make the list of the five fastest Indian bowlers to take 100 ODI wickets who did it in 65, 67 and 68 ODIs respectively.
In the international scenario, Shami ranks sixth overall, tied with his current competitor, Kiwi Trent Boult while 2018's Afghani sensation, Rashid Khan leads the list, who required only 44 ODIs to establish the record.
Shami went on to bag two more wickets of the second opener Colin Munro and Mitchell Santner as New Zealand were all out for a meagre total of 157 runs.January 23, 2019
On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav, who has also been one of the leading wicket-takers for the Indian cricket team in recent times, scalped four impressive wickets including those of the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who was the leading scorer for the Kiwis with 64 runs.