Team India wears Army caps to honour CRPF martyrs

Team India wears Army caps to honour CRPF martyrs

Indian cricketers wear camouflage army caps ahead of the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between India and Australia at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi. AFP

There has been a sudden spike in the outpouring of respect for the Indian armed forces ever since the Pulwama attacks last month. From general public to film celebrities to politicians, all have paid rich tribute to the guardians of the country.

On Friday, the Indian cricket team chose a unique way to show their respect for the armed forces. They wore special army-themed caps during the third ODI against Australia here at the JSCA International Stadium Complex.

The caps were presented by none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was conferred an honorary rank of lieutenant colonel by the Territorial Army in 2011.

Captain Virat Kohli came out for the toss wearing the camouflage military cap, which had the BCCI's logo on it.

He also urged everyone to contribute towards the National Defence Fund so that the money could be used for the welfare of the families of the slain CRPF Personnel.

“This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. We have decided to donate our match fees to the National Defence Fund,” said skipper Virat Kohli following the toss.

With PTI inputs