Legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar has made a heartwarming remark after seeing the Indian players donning camouflaged caps during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on Friday. The whole nation was in a for a sweet surprise when their beloved cricketers decided to go ahead and give the soldiers a fitting tribute. Before the start of the game, former India skipper MS Dhoni, who was conferred the rank of honorary Lt. Colonel by the Territorial Army, distributed special caps to the members of the team.
The tribute came on the back of the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir where 44 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14. The BCCI and the players have done already done a lot to show their solidarity to the martyrs. BCCI has already announced that a part of the budget for the opening ceremony for the IPL, estimated to cost around ₹20 crore, would be donated to families of Pulwama martyrs.
Skipper Virat Kohli grabbed a lot of attention by announcing the sweet gesture and also revealing that the players would donate their match fees from the game to the affected families. During the toss, Virat said, “This is to pay respect to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. All the players have decided to donate their match fees from this particular game to the National Defence Fund.”
And the team’s gesture made Tendulkar a bit emotional as he took to Twitter to pay tribute to the Indian team’s act with a touching tweet. While re-tweeting BCCI’s message, Sachin wrote, “This one touched my heart. @BCCI”.
Here is Sachin’s tweet:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 8, 2019
While the third ODI started on a great note for the players and the fans, the same cannot be said about how it ended. India lost the third ODI by 32 runs while chasing 314 despite Kohli’s sublime innings of 123. India, however, still lead the five-match series 2-1. Both the teams will be locking horns against each other once again in the fourth ODI on Sunday.