The latter half of the India Vs Bangladesh game in the T20 World Cup was played under slippery conditions after the rain halted play for about half an hour when Bangladesh was 66 for no loss in 7 overs. 4 overs of play were lost after which a target of 185 in 20 overs was adjusted to 151 in 16 overs.
However, when the play resumed, the grass was still wet and slippery and the spikes of the Indian fielders were getting very muddy, as they were covering ground in their attempt to field the ball and save runs.
India’s throw-down specialist Raghu played a key role for India during that phase of the game as he went around the ground from one Indian boundary rider to another, especially to the fast bowlers, with a brush in his hand so that the Indian players could get the mud out of their spikes after every over.
Indian fielders countered tougher conditions than Bangladesh’s batsmen in India Vs Bangladesh game
While the rain break might have disrupted Bangladesh’s batting momentum in a very crucial India Vs Bangladesh game, it was the fielding team which had a tougher job at hand when the play resumed, not just because the ball was getting wet and was difficult to grip for the bowlers, but also because the grass was slippery and it was not easy to cut the angles and save two runs on a big ground, especially straight.
The role that Raghu played for India, despite not being a player and only being a part of the support staff, the Indian fans were very appreciative of it on twitter. If a key Indian player had slipped and had got injured because of slippery grass, it wouldn’t just have affected India in that particular match, but might have delivered a big blow for India for the knockouts too. Raghu kept helping the Indian players throughout the match with a brush in his hand.
Here is how twitter reacted and showed their appreciation towards India’s throw-down specialist –
Throw ball specialist Raghu was helping all the Indian players when the match was restarted by cleaning the shoes with a brush to avoid slipping.
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— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 2, 2022
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— @Rakesh (@Rakesh5_) November 2, 2022
Special mention to Team India's throwdown expert Raghu..
He was at the boundary line and making sure he brushed the shoes of the fielders time to time to ensure they don't slip…Advertisement
Respect for the unsung hero 🙌🙌🇮🇳♥️
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INDIA'S SIDEARM THROWER RAGHU IS RUNNING AROUND THE GROUND WITH A BRUSH TO CLEAN THE SHOES OF INDIAN PLAYERS TO AVOID THE POSSIBILITY OF THEM SLIPPING❤️ pic.twitter.com/GObnAEZNsEAdvertisement
— Aadi™🇮🇳 (@Aadi_16_) November 2, 2022
Huge respect for India's sidearm thrower Raghu! 🇮🇳
He was running around the ground during the second innings with a brush to clean the shoes of Indian players to avoid the possibility of them slipping on the ground. #CricketTwitter #T20WorldCup #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/LGhBIX1WSIAdvertisement
— Vicky Singh (@isinghvicky12) November 2, 2022
India's sidearm thrower Raghu was running around the ground with a brush to clean the shoes of Indian players to avoid the possibility of them slipping. It was not his job. Salute to his self-service to the nation 🙏#indvsban #t20worldcup #india pic.twitter.com/Zi5KOXQCRS
— Srijan Pal Singh (@srijanpalsingh) November 3, 2022Advertisement
Raghu comes from a very humble background. Remember reading in an article that at one point he would sleep in a cemetery to support his career as his family didn't have the means to keep him in a sports facility. https://t.co/q1MMqbg90KAdvertisement
— Divyanshu (@tweetappan) November 2, 2022