India star rated as having biggest fielding impact at World Cup

Pune: India’s unbeaten startto the ICC Men’s Cricket WorldCup has been rewarded withexperienced star Virat Kohli
leading the way as the playerwith the biggest impact in thefield over the first 13 days of thetournament. Kohli has a total ofthree catches through threematches for India – two less thantournament leaders for nonwicket-keepers Matt Henry ofNew Zealand and Australiaveteran David Warner – but hisimpact out on the field reachesmuch further than that.The India dynamo is high onthe list of runs saved andpressure ratings through threematches for all teams at the eventand his total of 22.30 points seeshim sit on top overall for fieldingimpact at the World Cup. Kohli’s
closest challengers are a pair offellow veterans, with formerEngland captain Joe Root (fourcatches) and Warner (five
catches) his closest rivals, an ICCreport said. Pakistan, NewZealand, Australia and India eachhave two players sitting inside astar-studded top 10, while thetournament hosts have anotherjust outside with all-rounderRavindra Jadeja in 11th. It meansIndia are well out in front of theteam ratings, with their 14 catchesfor the tournament thus farassisted by a total of 10 runssaved, 16 pressure acts and aquartet of good throws. Indiahave been recorded to have onlydropped two catches in the fieldduring the opening three matches,with reigning champions England(one) the only side to havedropped less. The tournamenthosts have been awarding a ‘GoldMedal’ to their best fielder in each
match of the tournament so far,with Kohli claiming the awardduring India’s impressive victory
over fivetime World Cupchampions Australia at the startof the event. All-rounder Shardul
Thakur was the recipient of theaward during India’s matchagainst Afghanistan for his
superb catch on the boundarythat helped dismissRahmanullah Gurbaz, whileexperienced batter KL Rahulwon the mantle following theirclash with arch-rival Pakistan.

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