Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting the camouflage cap (Credit: BCCI)

Cricket lovers on Friday were treated to a special sight at the JSCA International Stadium with the Indian team sporting camouflaged caps instead of blue as they took field against Australia for the third ODI in Ranchi.

The special cap, on the lines of Pink Test and Pink ODI, is a symbol of tribute to the Indian armed forces an idea mooted by MS Dhoni and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli himself.

This will become an annual affair whenever an Indian team will play at home.

“The idea is to pay tribute to the armed forces and their families. To encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependants of the martyrs,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by IANS on Friday.

MS Dhoni, who presented the caps to his India teammates after the pre-match warmup, is himself a Lt. Col. With the Territorial Army.

The official further added, “It’s fitting that the start of this annual event is being done at the home town of Lt. Col. Dhoni because it is not a superficial event but a sincere one. I for one will not be surprised if Dhoni ends up doing active service after he hangs his boots. To me, today’s symbolic act depicting solidarity with the forces is more powerful than the one involving monetary donation by the BCCI.”