In a groundbreaking move, India‘s T20I squad has revamped its fielding traditions, introducing the “Impact Fielder of the Series” award. The inaugural presentation took place following India’s resounding 106-run victory in the series-deciding third T20I against South Africa in Johannesburg. The announcement was made by the fielding coach, Dilip, who gathered the entire squad to share the exciting development.
The customary post-match medal ceremony has undergone a significant transformation, with the team now recognizing exceptional fielding performances over the entire series rather than after each game. The innovative approach aims to celebrate sustained brilliance on the field and contribute to fostering a culture of consistent excellence in fielding.
Mohammed Siraj Secures Maiden Honor
During the much-anticipated ceremony, fielding coach Dilip unveiled the nominees for the inaugural “Impact Fielder of the Series” award. Notable names, including Rinku Singh and Yashasvi Jaiswal , were in contention. However, India’s emerging pace sensation, Mohammed Siraj, emerged triumphant, securing his maiden honour in the coveted category.
Expressing his elation, Siraj remarked, “I have been waiting to get my hands on this medal since the start of the World Cup, and finally, it has come my way. The lesson I have learned during this journey is that one should never give up.” The fielding coach presented the medal to Siraj, marking the initiation of a new tradition within the Indian cricket setup.
The introduction of the “Impact Fielder of the Series” award coincided with India’s remarkable comeback in the T20I series against South Africa. After facing defeat in the second T20I in Gqeberha, the team displayed exceptional grit, securing a convincing 106-run win in Johannesburg to level the series. Skipper Suryakumar Yadav played a stellar role, notching another T20I century and equalling the record for the most T20I centuries alongside Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and compatriot Rohit Sharma.
Injury Concerns for Skipper Yadav
While the victory was a cause for celebration, concerns arose as skipper Suryakumar Yadav suffered an ankle injury during South Africa’s innings. Despite his outstanding performance with the bat, Yadav had to be assisted off the field by the team physio and did not return to play. Vice-captain Ravindra Jadeja took charge in Yadav’s absence, leading the team to a resounding triumph.
The new “Impact Fielder of the Series” award adds an exciting dimension to India’s post-series rituals, recognizing fielding excellence and fostering a spirit of consistency among the players. The innovative initiative aligns with the team’s commitment to pushing boundaries and setting new standards in the realm of cricketing traditions.