Former football great Bhaichung Bhutia takes a stand against former Indian skipper MS Dhoni after the Balidaan Badge controversy. The 42-year-old Indian striker has advised the wicket keeper-batsman not to wear the Army insignia on his gloves while playing the World Cup fixtures as it violates the sporting rules.
According to one of the greatest footballers of India, Bhutia, the former Indian captain should remove the prestigious badge and respect the rules and regulations of ICC.
One of the best wicket-keepers to play for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni donned the army insignia ‘Balidaan Badge’ during his side’s opening match at ICC World Cup 2019 against South Africa.
The International Cricket Council said while turning down BCCI’s request to allow Dhoni to wear ‘Balidaan Badge’ during the matches, “the regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment”
Meanwhile, Dhoni fans started #DhoniKeepTheGlove campaign on Twitter after the incident and expressed their displeasure on ICC’s decision. Here’s a look at how Indian cricket fans condemned ICC’s decision on Twitter and came forward to support their beloved player:
Dear @ICC Why U have issue with Lt Col @msdhoni wearing Balidan Badge on gloves,our Parachute regiment’s insignia which don’t come under banned logos (religious/racial/political) by you.
Sadly U NEVER raised a finger on Pak team doing religious (Islamic) rituals on ground🤔
— Major Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) June 7, 2019
#DhoniKeepTheGlove if Dhoni is removing the "Balidan Badge" from his gloves or changes his gloves under ICC pressure then I would request all the Indian fans in England watching the indian matches in stadium to respectfully carry the insignia on their placards to bully ICC.
— Guru consejero (@IGiveGyaan) June 6, 2019
In sasuron ki aisi kam taisi. #DhoniKeepTheGlove
— Yashwant Deshmukh 🇮🇳 (@YRDeshmukh) June 7, 2019
Respected Lt.Col.M.S.Dhoni,as an officer of Para Regt. under Indian Army,you know that d the #BalidanBadge represents d finest of d Indian Army which has to be earned by hard training and sacrifice. It's a badge of honor.Plz don't take off those gloves.The Nation stands with you pic.twitter.com/T3ByITuix5
— Surajit Singh (@surjeet242) June 8, 2019
How come respect to soldiers can be discriminated….
— Atindra Kulkarni (@KulkarniAtindra) June 8, 2019
Indian team performed exceptionally well in their first match with a successful six-wicket win over Proteas at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton on June 5th. Toss winning team South Africa elected to bat first in the match against Virat Kohli and company. The Indian team restricted the African team for 228 runs on the board. After which India chased down the score with 6 wickets remaining. This win gave India a winning start to their ICC world 2019 campaign where they will now face Australia in their next match on June 9th.