WATCH: Mohammed Siraj awarded the ‘Best fielder’ medal after India’s 8-wicket win over Ireland

Mohammed Siraj is given the best fielders medal by fielding coaching T Dilip after India's 8-wicket win over Ireland in New York on Wednesday

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Mohammed Siraj (Source-BCCI)

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Team India began their T20 World Cup 2024 edition with an easy win over Ireland in the first match on Wednesday in New York. Ireland were bowled out for 96 runs and India chased down the total with 46 balls to spare to register an easy 8-wicket win. 

Rohit Sharma scored an impressive half while Rishabh Pant played a sizzling knock to stay not out and take India over the line. Mohammed Siraj was given the best fielders away in the dressing room at the end of the game. 

The 30-year-old fast bowler did well in the field to dismiss Gareth Delaney to earn him this reward. The entire team applauded the efforts of the fast bowler as fielding coach T Dilip announced Siraj’s name in a video shared by the official Instagram handle of BCCI. 

Rohit Sharma concern for Team India 

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was batting well on 52 when he was struck on his arm. The 37-year-old tried to bat on but the pain was visible as he grimaced and made his way off the park. It has come to light that Rohit Sharma is doing fine and should be fit in time for the game against Pakistan on Sunday at the same venue. 

It is also understood that many of the Indian team members including the back room staff aren’t happy with the way the pitch behaved on Wednesday. Many batters from both sides got hurt as there was variable bounce on the pitch. 

Virat Kohli making his long awaited return to the Indian team was out for 1 when he tried to force the issue and was caught off Mark Adair. The 35-year-old was disappointed as many fans would have wanted Kohli to score more runs after his impressive showing in the IPL. 

Meanwhile fielding coach T Dilip lauded Siraj in the video posted by BCCI and said “I n T20 cricket one of the key factors is game awareness as every ball is an opportunity. A great example of today was Axar Patels' caught and bowled and Virat Kohli's intensity backing up showing what we spoke in the morning” 

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