Virat Kohli left a big impact on the field during the 2023 World Cup.© Twitter
India’s unbeaten run at the ongoing World Cup is a result of their all-round performance with the bat and ball, but also one of the less talked about aspects of cricket: fielding. Stout batsman Virat Kohli, who is known for his refined batting skills, has been a crucial figure in the field as he tops the list of players with the biggest impact on the field after the conclusion of the first three matches for each country.
Kohli has completed a total of three catches in India’s three 2023 World Cup matches. He is two shy of tournament leaders ahead of non-wicketkeepers Matt Henry of New Zealand and experienced Australian opener David Warner. However, his impact on the field went far beyond that.
Kohli is in a league of his own in the runs saved and pressure ratings after completing three matches for all teams at the event and his tally of 22.30 points sees him sit comfortably in the top spot for impact at the World Cup . Cup.
Kohli’s nearest competitors are a pair of star players, with former England skipper Joe Root (four catches) and David Warner (five catches) in second and third places respectively.
Ishan Kishan is the second Indian player to feature in the Top-10 list with a total of 13 points. For Pakistan, Shadab Khan is at fifth place in the Top-10 with 15.13 points.
Overall, India’s performance in this area is what we should pay attention to. Indian fielders have claimed 14 catches and saved a total of 10 runs in the tournament.
So far, the Indian team has dropped two catches on the field, with defending champions England (1) being the only team to have dropped fewer catches.
India returns to on-field action against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday.
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