During Team India’s opening encounter of the World Cup against South Africa at Southampton, the men in blue registered a fine win. as Virat Kohli and his men won the game by 6 wickets. However, a controversy erupted after the game regarding MS Dhoni, who was spotted wearing wicketkeeping gloves with an insignia of ‘Balidaan badge’, which belongs to the Indian Para Special Forces.
Quie a few people from the sports fraternity lauded Dhoni’s gesture towards the Indian Army, but a lot of people criticized him as well. The International Cricket Council (ICC) was of the opinion that the insignia wasn’t permissible under the regulations and asked the BCCI to get it removed from Dhoni’s gloves.
Moreover, the BCCI tried to convince ICC that it didn’t have any ‘political, religious or racial message’ as only in that scenario it would be allowed. Recently, it has been learned that the ICC has declined Dhoni to wear the ‘Balidaan’ badge. In the meantime, Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer, came out in support of the Jharkhand-born cricketer.
Gambhir was clear cut in iterating the ICC about its role. During an interaction with TV9 Bharatvasrsh, Gautam said, “The ICC’s job is to run cricket in the right way, not to see who is wearing the gallows and the logo on it.”
He also mentioned that the ICC should focus on making pitches, which are more bowling-friendly. Gambhir said the pitches in every game shouldn’t be conducive of making 300 plus. He also reckoned that Dhoni’s badge issue has been blown out of proportion.
Gambhir further elaborated, “ICC ought to look into the matter that we should not have 300-400 run total. ICC work is to provide pitches for bowlers as well and not make every condition suitable for batters only. The entire logo issue is being unnecessarily given importance.”