Ravindra Jadeja was awarded the title of the best fielder during the India vs. Bangladesh match in Pune, as acknowledged by fielding coach T. Dilip. This recognition came as a momentous event during the much-anticipated World Cup 2023. The announcement of the best fielder brought immense joy and exuberance to the Team India players, with 34-year-old Virat Kohli in particular showing childlike enthusiasm in celebrating the deserving recipient.
The unique twist in the revelation of this award was orchestrated by Fielding Coach T. Dilip. Dilip collaborated with the broadcasting and technical team at the MCA Stadium in Pune to display the best fielder’s name on the giant stadium screen. This creative approach was met with approval.
Following India’s victory, T. Dilip directed everyone’s attention to the stadium’s giant screen, which unveiled Ravindra Jadeja as the best fielder of the day. This recognition stemmed from his remarkable diving catch to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim. Rahim had struck a back-of-length ball from Bumrah, which seemed destined for a boundary, but Jadeja’s acrobatic dive to the left, securing the catch with both hands, thwarted Rahim’s intentions. In a jubilant moment, Jadeja celebrated his achievement by gesturing toward the Indian dressing room in a medal-like manner.
It’s worth noting that KL Rahul had also taken a spectacular one-handed catch against Mehidy Hasan Miraz, but the best fielder award rightfully went to Jadeja. In a gracious gesture, Rahul, the previous medal recipient, presented the award to Jadeja. The dressing room was a scene of utter jubilation, with Virat Kohli’s exuberant screams and jumps echoing the team’s joy.
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Jadeja emerged as India’s standout bowler in the match against Bangladesh, posting impressive stats of 2 wickets for 38 runs in his full quota of 10 overs. He made this accomplishment on a pitch that he described as favorable to the batsmen, offering minimal support to the spinners.
In the upcoming game, India will face New Zealand, the only other undefeated team in the tournament, boasting a perfect record of 4 victories in as many matches, which is on par with India’s performance.