India’s innovative fielding coach, T Dilip, introduced a unique twist to the award ceremony, bringing both the team and management onto the field.Instead of the conventional method of displaying contenders on a screen, Dilip unveiled the names on the big screen, generating suspense and excitement.
KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja were shortlisted for the ‘Fielder of the Match’ award, with their images appearing on the big screen. Anticipating the result, Ishan Kishan predicted Surya’s victory. As the names were unveiled, Surya emerged as the winner, receiving the gold medal from left-arm throwdown specialist coach Nuwan Seneviratne.
Expressing appreciation for Seneviratne’s contributions, Dilip stated, “Tirelessly working behind the stumps playing dual roles. But especially in the fielding, he has been my right shoulder, my everything.”
After receiving the award, Suryakumar Yadav expressed gratitude, saying, “He (Dilip) has been behind me for one year; finally, I think this is the reward.”
Turning to the match itself, India successfully defended their total, securing a commanding 160-run victory. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma contributed with the ball, each claiming a wicket, while star bowlers, including Mohammed Siraj, showcased their prowess.
Looking ahead, Team India is set to face New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, in a highly anticipated semi-final clash. It marks a rematch of the 2019 World Cup, with India aiming to alter the past result and advance towards the final. The team’s unbeaten run in the group stage adds to the anticipation surrounding their campaign for World Cup glory.
(With inputs from ANI)