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Suryakumar Yadav Clinches ‘Fielder of the Match’ Honors in Bengaluru 

Team India’s Suryakumar Yadav emerged triumphant as the ‘Fielder of the Match’ following a stellar performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 clash against Netherlands at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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India’s fielding coach T. Dilip, known for his inventive award ceremonies, involved the groundsmen in the announcement on Diwali night. The Mumbai Indians’ batter, though limited with the bat, showcased outstanding fielding prowess.

During the post-match medal ceremony, T. Dilip took the unconventional route of displaying contenders’ names on the big screen rather than the conventional method. The three nominees – KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja – had their faces beamed across the stadium.

The anticipation reached its peak as Suryakumar Yadav’s name echoed through the arena, and teammate Ishan Kishan accurately predicted his victory. The announcement triggered a visual spectacle, with placards revealing ‘Surya’ as the winner popping up one after another.

Left-arm throwdown specialist coach Nuwan Seneviratne presented the coveted gold medal to Suryakumar Yadav. Dilip commended Nuwan’s dedication, expressing gratitude for his invaluable support behind the scenes.

Post-victory, a grateful Suryakumar Yadav acknowledged Dilip’s unwavering support, stating, “He has been behind me for a year, and finally, I think this is the reward.”

In a press conference following the match, Dilip shared the heartening fan response on social media to the unique dressing room medal ceremony. He emphasized the award’s significance, recognizing not only visible statistics but also the intangible contributions players make to the team’s spirit and effort.

The concept of ‘fielding awards’ originated four months ago, according to Dilip, aiming to highlight consistent performance in 50-over games. Dilip stressed the importance of recognizing efforts beyond the spectacular catches, focusing on sustained excellence throughout a match.

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