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Virat Kohli Shines With Fielding Excellence, Clinches ‘Fielder of the Series’ Medal
By CricShots - Jan 18, 2024 7:18 pm
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India secured a thrilling victory against Afghanistan in the third T20I at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, with an unprecedented two super overs, marking a historic moment in international cricket. The high-scoring encounter showcased intense batting, but it was exceptional fielding that proved to be the deciding factor, particularly highlighted by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

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Virat Kohli saved a brilliant save

Kohli’s outstanding athleticism and fielding prowess played a crucial role in India’s success. During the 17th over, he prevented a certain six, showcasing his commitment to saving every run for his team on a challenging batting pitch.

Additionally, in the penultimate over, Kohli took a spectacular running catch to dismiss Najibullah Zadran, further underlining his contribution in the field. Recognizing his impactful performances, Kohli was honored with the ‘Fielder of the Series’ award by fielding coach T Dilip.

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T Dilip expressed admiration for Virat Kohli, emphasizing the inspiration the captain provides to the team with his unwavering dedication. Despite Kohli’s dismissal for a duck in the match, his fielding contributions were instrumental in boosting the team’s morale and setting a standard for the younger players.

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The match had its share of memorable moments, with Rohit Sharma’s stellar innings of 121* runs off 69 balls and Rinku Singh’s explosive 69* off 39 balls, forming a record-breaking 190*-run partnership for the fifth wicket. This remarkable recovery helped India overcome a challenging start at 22/4, posting a formidable total of 212/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

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In response, Afghanistan showcased resilience, with notable contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (50 off 32), Ibrahim Zadran (50 off 41), and Gulbadin Naib (55* off 23), resulting in a tied score. The game entered the history books as it required two super overs to determine the winner. In the end, Ravi Bishnoi successfully defended 11 runs in the second super over, securing a remarkable victory for the Men in Blue.

The nail-biting encounter not only highlighted the batting prowess of both teams but also showcased the impact of exceptional fielding, with Virat Kohli emerging as a key factor in India’s triumph.