Mohammed Shami's stellar performance in India's semi-final victory over New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2023 has not only made him the star of the match but has also sparked intrigue on social media. The 33-year-old fast bowler claimed seven wickets, achieving the best-ever wicket haul by an Indian bowler in the history of the 50-over World Cup.
While Shami's feat is being celebrated globally, a social media user named Dan Mateo caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts by claiming to have dreamt of Shami's seven-wicket haul a day before the crucial semi-final clash. Mr. Mateo shared a post on X (formerly Twitter) on November 14, stating, “Saw a dream where Shami took 7 wickets in the semi-final.”
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Initially, the post garnered moderate attention. However, as India emerged victorious, defeating New Zealand with a remarkable performance from Virat Kohli and Shami's record-breaking haul, the post gained immense traction. It has now been viewed 1.7 million times and has triggered numerous reactions from cricket fans worldwide.
The online community, amazed by Mr. Mateo's dream prediction, flooded his post with requests for similar dreams related to the final match scheduled for November 19. Fans jokingly urged him to “script the winning final” and speculated about him having insider knowledge on the Cricket World Cup script.
In response to the overwhelming reactions, Mr. Mateo posted a follow-up tweet expressing his own astonishment at the accuracy of his dream prediction.
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The social media frenzy also led to playful requests, with users asking Mr. Mateo to dream about their personal futures, including predicting the next U.S. President. The unusual connection between a dream and the real-world cricket performance has captivated the online audience, turning this dream prediction into a viral sensation.
Mohammed Shami's remarkable figures of seven wickets for 57 runs off 9.5 overs, at an economy rate of 5.79, not only secured India's spot in the World Cup final but also etched his name in the history books. His bowling performance ranks as the fifth-best in World Cup history, with Glenn McGrath's 7/15 against Namibia in 2003 holding the top spot.