Former England skipper Michael Vaughan was impressed with India’s gesture to pay tribute to the armed forces during the third ODI against Australia.
Virat Kohli & Co. came up with a heartwarming gesture to pay tribute to the armed forces. The Indian team decided to play the game in army camouflage caps to honour those killed in the terror attack in Pulwama last month. The dastardly attack that was carried out by Pakistan-based militancy group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnels. The players have also decided to donate their match fees for the ODI to the National Defence Fund.
At the toss, India captain Virat Kohli explained the decision.
“It is a special cap,” he said. “This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. All the players have decided to donate their match fees from this particular game to the National Defence Fund. I, as the captain of the team, would urge everyone in the country to do the same, donate how much ever they can to the National Defence Fund and help in the education and well-being of the families and the children of those who lost their lives in the attack. So this is a very special cap and a very special game indeed.”
#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019
The team’s gesture is receiving praise from all over and Michael Vaughan has also joined the bandwagon. The Ashes-winning slipper took to Twitter to praise the step by the Indian team, writing:
“Really good way for a Sporting team to show support to the armed forces …”
Really good way for a Sporting team to show support to the armed forces … https://t.co/mka9h5D5Q2
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 8, 2019
The Indian cricket fraternity, nonetheless, has not shied away from showing solidarity with the armed forces in the wake of the ghastly attack. The BCCI has already announced that there would be no opening ceremony for this year’s IPL. Instead, the budget allocated for the ceremony will be given to the family of the martyrs. The players had also maintained a two-minute silence before the start of the first T20I against Australia.