Shami (5/54) was the pick of the bowlers, and the 33-year-old was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ for his stupendous bowling show.
After India bowled New Zealand out, the entire crowd in Dharamsala started chanting ‘Shami Shami’.
ICC World Cup 2023: India beat New Zealand by By 4 wickets in Dharamshala
Introduced into the attack in the ninth over, Shami struck with his first ball of the tournament by removing Will Young and went on to add four more wickets to his name.
Apart from Young, Shami dismissed Rachin Ravindra (75), Daryl Mitchell (130), Mitchell Santner (1) and Matt Henry (0).
“When you come back after a long time to the XI, it is important to get confidence early. That first game helped me get that confidence. It’s not too hard (waiting by the sidelines) if your team is doing well. They are your teammates and if they are doing well, then you should be supporting them. If it (being benched) is in the team’s interest, I’m okay with it,” Shami said after the match.
Shami became the first Indian to bag two five-wicket hauls in the history of the ODI World Cup. The 33-year-old picked his first five-wicket haul against England in the 2019 World Cup.
Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh, Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh all have one five-wicket haul in ODI World Cups.
India will now take on defending champions England in their sixth match of the tournament on October 29 in Lucknow.