Indian cricket team wore specially designed army caps in the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack martyrs. 40 CRPF personnel were killed by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed last month in Kashmir.
The idea to sport the olive-and-black caps bearing the BCCI’s logo came from wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is Lt Colonel of Territorial Army. Before the beginning of the match Dhoni was seen handing the army caps to the Indian players.
“It’s a special cap,” Indian captain Virat Kohli said before the third in a five-match one-day series with Australia. “This is to pay respect to the martyrs … and their families.”
He said all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defence fund to help out the families of killed CRPF jawans. Kohli also urged all Indians to contribute to the fund.
Earlier, India launched an air strike in Pakistan’s Balakot. In the very next day, Pakistan retaliated with an aerial air strike.
Since then tensions heightened between these two neighbours.