India won gloriously in their first match of World Cup 2019 against South Africa. Fans were overjoyed, and even more hopeful for the trophy to come home. But a controversy emerged when everyone’s attention went to MS Dhoni’s wicket keeping gloves.
Apparently, the gloves that Dhoni donned during the match had the Indian Para Special Forces Insignia on them. This ended up in ICC sending a notice to BCCI, asking for Dhoni to remove and not use them anymore. It is in public domain that he has the title of Lieutenant Colonel and trained under the Para Brigade in 2015.
Twitter has come out in support of ‘captain cool’ and say that he is not hurting anyone’s sentiments and #DhoniKeepTheGlove has been trending ever since.
Indian Army has always been independent irrespective of the political party in power. We are proud of them. Lt. Col. @msdhoni has worn the Army insignia as a symbol of pride. Doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments, In fact it honours the brave #DhoniKeepTheGlove #WorldCup2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 7, 2019
So the #icc has a rule that any logo or personal message on a player's equipment needs to be approved by ICC. They have defined a process for the player to apply for permission. @msdhoni could have applied for permission to wear the Balidaan insignia. #DhoniKeepTheGlove
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) June 6, 2019
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) June 7, 2019
— Manoj Kishore Nayak (@mknayak2010) June 7, 2019
We are proud of you dhoni ❤️ continue to wear your gloves till we lift the World Cup. We are with you. ICC mind your business. Dhoni will wear. He is our national icon #DhoniKeepTheGlove
— R Subramaniam (@ashram3in) June 6, 2019
Ever since he underwent Para Trooping.. He kept it as DP and didn't change it till the date!!
— MSD Zealot! (@Vidyadhar_R) June 6, 2019
ICC on low ICC on Dhoni's
Level umpiring Balidan batch pic.twitter.com/OtXkLbI7kw
— Akashbabbar (@Akashbabbar321) June 6, 2019
— केसरिया shivangi ?? (@KakaliS89206542) June 7, 2019
Dear ICC .. Balidan means sacrifice – the motto of the Indian Para Special forces. The spirit of sacrifice thats taken a fantastic human being like Dhoni to the top of his game. #DhoniKeepTheGlove pic.twitter.com/Kcx3yurxQM
— Ajay yadav (@Ajay89611) June 6, 2019
There are more important things to be changed right now @ICC
Kindly step ahead to make changes here rather than interfering in player's badges and stuff. #dhonikeeptheglove #CricketWorldCup19 pic.twitter.com/FinYORnuOi
— Troll Dhoni Haters Tamil Version (@tdhtv_offl) June 6, 2019
Dhoni has been seen donning such symbols and insignia of the armed forces regularly and this sudden reaction from ICC seems uncalled for according to netizens.