Rishabh Pant was presented the fielding medal for his three crucial catches and a score of 42 off 31 balls in India’s 6-run victory, receiving the award from an emotional Ravi Shastri.

In the match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, the Indian team secured a memorable win over arch-rivals Pakistan. Rishabh Pant emerged as a standout performer, making crucial contributions both with the bat and behind the stumps.

Against Pakistan, Pant scored 42 runs and took three brilliant catches, earning him the fielding medal in the dressing room. His catches included dismissing Fakhar Zaman (13) off Hardik Pandya, followed by crucial grabs of Imad Wasim (15) and Shadab Khan (4) as India secured a narrow six-run victory defending a low total.

India’s fielding coach T. Dilip initially nominated Suryakumar Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, and Pant for the special medal before ultimately selecting Pant as the winner. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri presented the wicketkeeper-batter with the medal in recognition of his performance.

Shastri was visibly emotional as he praised Rishabh Pant’s outstanding performance, amidst cheers from the rest of the squad. He commended Pant’s resilience, recalling how he had tears in his eyes when he first learned about Pant’s accident and was deeply moved when he saw him in the hospital.

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“All I say for Rishabh. Brilliant performance. I had tears in my eyes when I heard about his accident. When I saw him in hospital, it was worse. And then for him to come back from there and be back in the A-zone playing one of the biggest games, India vs Pakistan, is heartwarming,” said Shastri.

“Batting, everybody knew. What you’re capable of, the X-factor you have. But your wicketkeeping and range of movement that you have quickly got back in after the operation, is a tribute for how much you worked hard. Not just for yourself, it’s an inspiration to millions around the globe. From adversity, from the jaws of death, you can snatch a win as well. So well done, keep up the good work,” he added.

India’s next match is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, against the strong USA team.

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Last Updated on June 10, 2024

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