In the 17th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, India and Bangladesh engaged in a thrilling cricket contest on October 19 at the picturesque Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
The Bangladesh team, after winning the toss, made an impressive start with their opening batsmen, amassing a substantial 93-run partnership for the first wicket. However, their fortunes took a downturn, and they found themselves struggling at 179/5 after 37.2 overs.
The Indian team’s remarkable fielding skills and impeccable bowling performance played a pivotal role in their comeback. They snatched quick wickets during the middle overs to put Bangladesh on the back foot.
The standout performance of the day came from the versatile all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja displayed his prowess by claiming two crucial wickets during his ten-over spell, and he also delivered a breathtaking moment with an exceptional catch at point.
In the 43rd over of the match, Jadeja made a sensational diving catch to his right, dismissing the well-set Mushfiqur Rahim, who had scored 38 runs off 46 balls. After this extraordinary catch, Jadeja gestured to India’s fielding coach, T Dilip, to award him the title of the best fielder after the game. Interestingly, Umpire Marais Erasmus was also seen endorsing this idea to Dilip.
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It’s worth noting that India’s fielding coach has been recognizing outstanding fielding performances with the best fielder medal in every match of the ongoing World Cup. Before this match, the coveted medal had been claimed by Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur, and KL Rahul in the first three matches.
In the current fixture, both KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja emerged as strong contenders for this honour. Ravindra Jadeja’s contributions were not limited to his fielding skills. He also shone with the ball, securing two wickets for just 38 runs in his ten overs.
His left-arm spin proved to be a valuable asset for India, as he first dismissed Bangladesh’s stand-in captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, in the 20th over by trapping him leg-before-wicket. He then dealt a critical blow to Bangladesh by getting rid of the well-set Litton Das, who had scored 66 runs off 82 balls in the 28th over.
As the innings concluded, Bangladesh managed to put up a total of 256/8 on the scoreboard within their allocated 50 overs. Alongside Jadeja, bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah (2/41) and Mohammed Siraj (2/60) also contributed with two wickets each to bolster India’s performance in the field.