Sachin Tendulkar adds a 'legendary' twist to India's fielding award ceremony after victory against Sri Lanka
ICC World Cup 2023: India's remarkable fielding medal ceremony received a 'legendary' touch after their resounding victory against Sri Lanka at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Sachin Tendulkar, the iconic Indian cricketer, virtually joined the celebration, commending captain Rohit Sharma and the team management for their unique team-building exercise.
Tendulkar shared an inspiring anecdote from the 2003 World Cup when players signed a commitment chart that stated, "I can, we can," emphasizing their dedication to the team and the country. The video message played in the Indian dressing room earned praise from the entire team.
At the video's conclusion, Tendulkar announced Shreyas Iyer as the medal recipient for the Sri Lanka match, and KL Rahul presented the award amid thunderous cheers from the team. Iyer, who excelled both in the field and with the bat, played a crucial role in India's commanding win by contributing a fearless 82 off 56 balls. Fielding coach Dilip also acknowledged Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja for their outstanding contributions.
In the match itself, India posted a formidable 357 for 8, with Jasprit Bumrah picking a wicket on the first ball while defending the target. Mohammed Shami's five-wicket haul helped dismiss Sri Lanka for just 55 runs. India continued their unbeaten streak, maintaining the top position in the points table. Their next match is against South Africa at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.
- With inputs from agencies