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India’s star is regarded as having the greatest fielding impact at the World Cup.

India’s star is regarded as having the greatest fielding impact at the World Cup.

India’s unbeaten start to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has been rewarded, with veteran star Virat Kohli leading the way as the player with the most impact on the field through the first 13 days of the tournament.
Kohli has three catches in three matches for India, two fewer than tournament leaders non-wicket-keepers Matt Henry of New Zealand and Australia veteran David Warner, but his impact on the field is much greater.

Through three matches, the India dynamo is high on the list of runs saved and pressure ratings for all teams at the event, and his total of 22.30 points places him first overall for fielding impact at the World Cup.

Kohli’s closest rivals are a pair of fellow veterans, former England captain Joe Root (four catches) and Warner (five catches).

AFTER THREE GROUP GAMES FOR EACH COUNTRY, THE FIELDING IMPACT

PLAYER RATING POINTS
Virat Kohli (IND)22.30
Joe Root (ENG)21.73
David Warner (AUS)21.32
Devon Conway (NZ)15.54
Shadab Khan (PAK)15.13
Glenn Maxwell (AUS)15
Rahmat Shah (AFG)13.77
Mitchell Santner (NZ)13.28
Fakhar Zaman (PAK)13.01
Ishan Kishan (IND)13

Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, and India each have two players in the top ten, while the tournament hosts have another just outside the top ten with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in 11th.

It means India is well ahead of the team ratings, with 14 catches for the tournament so far aided by a total of 10 runs saved, 16 pressure acts, and four good throws.

During the first three matches, India has only dropped two catches in the field, with reigning champions England (one) the only team to have dropped fewer.

The tournament hosts have been awarding a ‘Gold Medal’ to their best fielder in each match of the tournament so far, with Kohli claiming the award during India’s impressive victory over five-time World Cup champions Australia at the start of the event.

All-rounder Shardul Thakur was the recipient of the award during India’s match against Afghanistan for his superb catch on the boundary that helped dismiss Rahmanullah Gurbaz, while experienced batter KL Rahul won the mantle following their clash with arch-rival Pakistan.

 

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