KL Rahul, Team India’s wicketkeeper-batter, earned his second “Fielder of the Match” award in the 2023 World Cup. He received this recognition for his excellent wicketkeeping skills during India’s 100-run victory over England at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
India scored 229/9 while batting first, with Captain Rohit Sharma making an outstanding 87 off 101 balls. However, the bowlers played a vital role by dismissing England for just 129 in 34.5 overs, with Mohammed Shami taking 4/22 and Jasprit Bumrah claiming 3/32.
KL Rahul showed his fielding skills by taking a quality catch to remove Moeen Ali (15) from the crease, thanks to Shami’s delivery. He also executed a stumping to dismiss Chris Woakes (10) when the England all-rounder advanced down the pitch to face left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
While reviewing India’s fielding in the 2023 World Cup match against England, the fielding coach praised Ishan Kishan, Mohammed Siraj, and KL Rahul for their fielding efforts. The winner was announced using a light display at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
KL Rahul has been awarded the “Fielder of the Match” medal for the second time. Previously, he received this honor for his performance against Pakistan in Ahmedabad, where he took a diving catch to dismiss Imam-ul-Haq.
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“I felt like we were 20-30 runs short” – Indian captain on win over England
Despite winning by a significant margin of 100 runs against England, Captain Rohit believed that India should have scored an additional 20-30 runs when batting. He mentioned that he had to hold back his attacking approach with the bat to anchor the innings as required by the team.
“It’s just not about going and playing my shots, when you have that much experience you’ve got to use that experience and do whatever is necessary for the team, and it was at that point in time necessary for me to take the game as deep as possible and create that partnership and get to a decent total,” Rohit said during the post-match presentation.
“I still felt like we were 20-30 runs short once we finished. The new ball was a bit challenging and then obviously as the game went on the ball got softer, it was not easy to rotate strike,” he went on to add.
India’s upcoming match in the 2023 World Cup is against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on November 2nd.