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Watch: Hardik On His Feet, Rohit, Pant Stunned As Ex India Coach Gives Away Best Fielder Medal

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri was called into the dressing room to hand over the best fielder medal to Rishabh Pant after the side's crucial six-run win over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup match and revealed that he had tears in his eyes when he heard about the wicketkeeper-batter's life-threatening car accident in December 2022.

In Sunday's low-scoring thriller at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, Pant scored a crucial 42 off 31 balls, despite not getting his timing in the initial stage of his knock and being dropped four times. With the keeping gloves, Pant took three sharp catches to be adjudged best Indian fielder in the game against Pakistan.

"All I say for Rishabh. But first of all, brilliant performance and great character shown by guys. But I had tears in my eyes when I heard about his accident. When I saw him in hospital, it was even worse. Then for him to come back from there and be back in the A-zone playing one of the biggest games of all time, India vs Pakistan, is heartwarming," said Shastri in a video posted on bcci.tv.

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Further lauding Pant's wicketkeeping skills in the match against Pakistan, Shastri remarked, "Batting, everybody knew. What you're capable of, the X-factor you have. But your wicketkeeping and the range of movement that you have so 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 that from adversity, from the jaws of death, you can snatch a win as well. So well done, fantastic and keep up the good work and keep going."

Fielding coach T Dilip applauded the Indian team for being sharp and committed in their on-field

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