Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to aid the Indian cricket team in the multiple roles assigned to him over the years. His leadership skills allowed Team India to scale new heights. Dhoni's lightning quick glovework has spelt doom for the opposition batsmen. And, his know-how of the game enables him to still make field placements and guide bowlers despite stepping down as Indian captain.
While his cricketing skills have enthralled fans over the years, Dhoni's admiration and respect for Indian armed forces have also struck a chord with everyone. That probably explains why the Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni in 2011. The Jharkhand cricketer's personal connect with the jawans once again came to the fore when he was seen distributing camouflage caps to his Indian teammates ahead of the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) against Australia in Ranchi on 8th March.
In a bid to pay homage to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) martyrs who lost their lives in the dastardly attack in Pulwama on 14th February, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to allow the Indian cricketers to don the camouflage caps for today's ODI clash at the JSCA International Stadium.
#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces
And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20vi
In a brief video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, the former Indian captain was seen distributing the camouflage caps to his teammates. "#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces. And to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind," the Indian cricket board tweeted.March 8, 2019
On the other hand, the Indian cricket fans residing in Ranchi were also geared to welcome Dhoni home. While many continue to speculate that today's clash might be the last game for Dhoni in his hometown, for now, the 37-year-old seems eager to entertain the Ranchi crowd who are busy chanting his name from the stands.
The Indian cricket team has already taken a crucial 2-0 lead in the five-match series and going into today's clash, Virat Kohli's men will be eager to seal the contest and extend Australia's misery with a win.