Indian National Cricket team players wore special Army Caps as tributes to the Armed Forces in the wake of the recent Pulwama attack during the third ODI against Australia at the JSCA International Stadium Complex at Ranchi. Meanwhile, former skipper and local boy MS Dhoni handed the cap to all the cricketers.
The Pulwama attack on February 14, took away the lives of more than 40 Indian jawans. Pakistan based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility of the attack. Since then, there has been a call for boycotting Pakistan in the ICC World Cup in June. However, ICC has cleared their stance that they will go on with the game which has garnered massive support from the fans. The applications for the ticket sale is significantly more than the other games including the finale.
As a tribute to the martyrs, Virat Kohli-led showed a heart-warming gesture wearing the camouflaged caps for the fourth ODI at Ranchi. The act garnered massive support from the fans and they stood up to laud the move by the team management. Former Indian National Cricket team skipper MS Dhoni, who got the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in November 2011, is likely to be playing his final game at his home ground in the blue jersey. According to reports, it was the wicketkeeper-batsman himself who came up with the idea.
Here are the Twitter reactions:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 8, 2019
Indian cricketers wearing army cap. But they don't want vote. Difference. ❤
— 𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 (@FarziCricketer) March 8, 2019
Fine gesture https://t.co/VBkGDhZ4LQ
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 8, 2019
So the Indian team will wear army camouflage style caps today in tribute to, and in solidarity with, the armed forces. Maybe in future, one cricket day will be dedicated to the armed forces. No surprise this is a Dhoni initiative.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 8, 2019
Best cricket board for a reason
— Spike (@SpikeLevi) March 8, 2019
Kedu saluted 👌😭
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) March 8, 2019
Indian team have also donated the match fees to the National Defence Fund. Well done Team India! https://t.co/ti0OZoXQS5
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 8, 2019
A tribute to the Armed Forces…what a brilliant idea by @BCCI …🙏🙏🙏
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) March 8, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 8, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 8, 2019
Amazing gesture 🇮🇳 https://t.co/B5l1Ni6jrV
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Australia have got a firm grip in the game after their openers got them off to a blistering start. Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja added 193 runs for the opening stand within 32 overs to set the tone. Both the batters looked in sublime touch as they dominated the bowling. However, Mohammed Shami has been the only bowler who contained runs from one end while others were too expensive.
Finch finally got some runs under the belt but got out seven short of his hundred. But Khawaja continued to register his maiden ODI hundred before getting out for 104 off Shami. With Glenn Maxwell looking in a great mood, the Aussies are here for a massive target.