India’s fielding coach T Dilip announced the medal winners in a creative way through the World Cup.
Landers M Chinnaswamy declared Suryakumar Yadav as India’s ‘best fielder’ after the Netherlands match. Image: BCCI
Team India has entered the semi-finals of the World Cup without dropping a match and showing their dominance. Apart from the emphatic performances and excellent teamwork, the players are looking forward to the prospect of receiving the ‘Best Fielder’ Medal, an award presented by their fielding coach, T Dilip. Showing a creative touch in each of his presentations – Dilip unveiled the winners in a unique way during India’s final series match against the Netherlands in Bengaluru. In particular, he approached the groundsmen of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to announce the recipient of the latest award.
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This innovation has fueled a healthy competition among the players, and every fielder is now trying to take that extra step to win this Best Fielder Medal. Players clearly relished the opportunity, actively taking catches, and even waving and signaling towards the pitching coach asking him to consider their names.
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Suryakumar Yadav, who excelled in the field, won the award after this match and Rohit Sharma presented the medal.
Emphasizing the importance of these catches, T Dilip had said that he wanted the players to remain sharp and agile throughout the game.
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“The whole idea was to make sure that we not only encourage or talk about that great catch but also the consistent performance in a 50-over game, which is very important because of 300 balls, how do you carry that consistency , whether it is engagement or effort or intensity, what we want to promote is important. So that was the main reason to get this medal,” he said after the match.
Coming to Sunday’s game. India once again flexed their batting muscles as they smashed 410 against the Netherlands in their last group match. KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer reached their centuries and then the bowlers managed to seal the match with 160 runs. In particular, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were too taken with the wickets at the Dutch end.
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