Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has criticized the conspiracy theories floated by former Pakistani cricketers during the 2023 World Cup regarding the ball change.
Shami emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, claiming an impressive 24 wickets in just seven matches with an average of 10.70.
He stepped into the Indian XI after Hardik Pandya’s injury against Bangladesh in Pune, making a strong impact with two remarkable five-wicket hauls in his initial three matches.
Following India’s match against Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where Shami dominated, former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza suggested a conspiracy theory on a Pakistani news channel.
Raza hinted that the balls given to India might belong to a different category, aiding them in generating more swing and seam.
Expressing disappointment, Shami responded to these comments in an interview, emphasizing performance over baseless accusations. He highlighted the hard work and dedication needed to stand up for the team, considering those individuals the true best performers.
As the ball-change theories gained traction in Pakistan, cricketing legend Wasim Akram discredited them, mentioning they disgraced Pakistan.
Shami referenced Akram’s remarks, highlighting how a respected figure explained the mechanics behind ball selection. Despite this clarification, the unfounded comments persisted, prompting Shami to speak out against these remarks made by former players at the highest level of the game.