Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja received the “Fielder of the Match” award for his exceptional diving catch at backward point during a match against Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup. He was honored with the award by fielding coach T Dilip, surpassing competition from wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul and spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared an entertaining behind-the-scenes video, showcasing Team India having fun in the dressing room as the fielding coach announced the award winner. Jadeja’s teammates gathered around him, and it was KL Rahul, the previous award recipient, who had the privilege of presenting the medal to Jadeja. Jadeja, in turn, placed it around the neck of India’s fielding coach.
“We have played enough. We all know that win isn’t built-in runs or wickets. I think it is also built on marvellous catches, tremendous diving and today was a great example of that. Just not the way we save, but the numbers saved. Two game-changing catches by KL and Jadeja. We as a team saved 13 runs today. That was fantastic. So, let’s roll the carpet for today’s evening star. On the field today one person was like a lion. Commanding on the field, outstanding effort with the direct hit, saving and fantastic top catch- Jadeja,” Dilip stated in a video posted by BCCI.tv.
“A grand win, a grand Medal Ceremony A celebration of “Giant” proportions This time the Dressing room BTS went beyond the boundary – quite literally,” BCCI posted on X.
In a departure from the usual practice of announcing the medal winners on television screens within the dressing room, Coach Dilip declared the best fielder of the match on the stadium’s large screen, surprising the entire Indian squad. While presenting the medal, Dilip commended Rahul and Jadeja for their outstanding diving efforts in the field. He emphasized that the team’s focus is on saving runs and not just individual catches, making Jadeja the deserving recipient of the best fielding award.
“I think I deserve it today, but also I have won it just the last game. So, Dilip sir, just to keep it interesting, will give it to somebody else. And according to me, the contenders are just Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja), obviously for the catch. And Kuldeep Yadav is not too far away because he was really good in the field today,” KL Rahul stated.
India’s wicketkeeper-batter Rahul, who had won the “Fielder of the Match” medal in India’s previous game against Pakistan, also praised Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav for their excellent fielding in the match against Bangladesh. Kuldeep Yadav was nominated for his exceptional ground fielding. Dilip highlighted Kuldeep’s contributions and explained the importance of the award in showcasing the team’s fighting spirit.
“And here comes a big person who’s been stretching his limits by every game. I think today we saw him outstandingly. Well, Kuldeep Yadav, you were outstanding. Like we have been speaking about this medal a lot and I think it’s not just our medal. We made something that is beautiful, but also a testament to our skill, fitness and will to put our bodies on the line. KL please do the honours for me,” Dilip further stated in a video.
With a perfect record of four wins in four matches, the Indian cricket team, often referred to as the “Men in Blue,” is set to face an undefeated New Zealand side at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.
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