As a testament to a remarkable fielding display during the match, Shreyas Iyer was awarded the ‘Fielder of the Match.’
Announcing the accolade, ‘Men in Blue’ fielding coach T Dilip praised the extraordinary fielding performance by the team.He singled outRavindra Jadeja, affectionately calling him the ‘silent sniper’ due to his prowess in throwing and catching. Despite his unassuming demeanour on the field, Jadeja’s contributions were undeniable.
Dilip acknowledged the intensity maintained by the players and credited KL Rahul for outstanding field placement. He also commended India’s best fielder for his brilliant catches, with the anticipation that Jadeja would make a significant impact, which he did with his superb fielding.
To announce the ‘Fielder of the Match,’ Team India invited cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who reminisced about the 2003 World Cup and the team’s commitment. He shared that players had to sign a chart that read ‘I can, we can’ before the tournament, emphasising commitment and dedication. Tendulkar commended Rohit Sharma’s side, expressing his love for the brand of cricket they had showcased in the tournament.
Tendulkar’s words of encouragement and appreciation were well-received by the team, reinforcing their commitment to excellence on the field.
In the match itself, India posted an impressive 357 on the scoreboard after batting first. Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli established a crucial 189-run partnership, with Shreyas Iyer adding an 82-run contribution in the middle order.
In the second inning, India’s bowlers continued to dominate. Jasprit Bumrah claimed a wicket on the very first ball while defending the target. Mohammed Shami’s exceptional five-wicket haul played a pivotal role in dismantling Sri Lanka, who could only muster 55 runs. Mohammed Siraj also excelled, taking three crucial wickets. Jadeja and Bumrah each contributed with one wicket.
With this win, India extended their undefeated streak to seven matches and secured the top spot on the points table.
India’s next play South Africa at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Sunday, where they will aim to continue their impressive form.
(With inputs from ANI)