In order to express their respect for the CRPF jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers wore the special cap of the army in the third ODI against Australia on Friday and donated their match fees to the National Defense The players were presented with the cap by former India captain and local player MS Dhoni.
Skipper Virat Kohli appeared at the toss wearing the special cap, A Special BCCI Logo appears on it. After winning the toss and opting to field, Kohli said: “This is a special cap, it’s a tribute to the Armed forces.”
Not just the players, even the Indian commentators were handed the cap. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar gave away the caps in the commentary box.
#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
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
Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was honored with the rank of Lt Colonel in the army, gave this cap to his colleagues and the BCCI has also posted the video on Twitter. Each player who plays in one-day match gets eight lakh rupees and the reserve player gets half the amount.
At least 40 soldiers CRPF were martyred in a terror attack on February 14 in Pulwama. Earlier, the BCCI had decided to give all the budget for the IPL inauguration to the families of those killed in terrorist attack. This year's inauguration ceremony of the IPL will not be held.