Mohammed Shami is on cloud nine after his magical spell against New Zealand in the first ODI in which he became the fastest Indian to pick 100 wickets in ODI cricket, achieving the feat in 56 matches.
Shami took three wickets which also includes the scalp of openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro and ended with figures of 3/19 through which he was awarded as the Man of the Match for his lethal bowling performance.
The 28-year fast bowler dedicated his 100-wicket feat to his daughter on social media.
Shami took to Twitter and posted, "Thank You One & All for the Support, Wishes, Prayers & Enduring Trust on me through thick & thin times as a Player & a Person. I Dedicate this feat to my angel Daughter.@circleofcricket @BCCI @ICC @cric."
Thank You One & All for the Support✌🏻, Wishes🤞🏻, Prayers 🙏🏻& Enduring Trust on me through thick & thin times ☀🌪⛈❄ as a Player & a Person.— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) January 23, 2019
I Dedicate this feat 🎖💯 to my angel 👼🏻 Daughter.🇮🇳💝💝@circleofcricket @BCCI @ICC @cric pic.twitter.com/oISYQ0vipl
India won the first ODI match by 8 wickets after bowling out the hosts for just 157 in 38 overs.
After the match, Shami revealed how he has overcome fitness and personal issues to give his best for India.
"It has been a long journey. I played the 2015 World Cup, then got injured and it took me two years to recover. After the rehab, I made it to the 2016 World T20 squad. Then after a while, I got full confidence and felt like I was back on track," said Shami after becoming the fastest Indian to 100 wickets in ODIs.
"You saw in 2018, I played regular Test cricket. The confidence level is very high, I am bowling with the same speed that I used to earlier. Hope I can continue this," he added.
He was the second highest wicket-taker in the landmark Test series win against Australia with 16 scalps, only behind Jasprit Bumrah (21) and Nathan Lyon (21). So, ahead of the three-match ODI series against Australia, his confidence was sky high.
"I like Test cricket more than other formats. The way we have done in the last three-four series (as a bowling unit), it does your confidence a world of good. If the bowling unit is delivering, the pressure is divided and that helps you give your best," he said.