India play New Zealand in the final and what will be the deciding match of the ODI series. But when the team took the field to stand alongside their opponents for the national anthems of their respective countries, those viewing the match were given a pleasant surprise.
The number seven on MS Dhoni’s jersey had ‘Devaki’ written on top of it instead of the familiar five letters. The rest of the players also had unfamiliar names above their familiar numbers. These names, as it turned out, were the names of their mothers. For once, the players walked out with their mothers’ names on their jerseys instead of their father’s.
When Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma came out to bat, it was clear that the players are going to wear the names for the entire of the match. The initiative seems to be a continuation of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s ‘Nayi Soch’ adds for Star Network.
Speaking about it at the toss, MS Dhoni said, “We are quite used to having the surnames from the Dad’s side, and what’s important is to appreciate the stuff that Mothers have done for us. It’s a very emotional connect and it’s good that it is put on a public platform. I would like to request the whole of India keeps this in mind every day and appreciate them everyday.”
Naturally, the Indian team managed to win a lot of hearts with the gesture. Many hailed the Indian team as setting an example for greater recognition of women in India. Here is how Twitteratii reacted to the unusual gesture:
This #NayiSoch is a great idea.
But, India better beat New Zealand, or their mothers are going to be pissed!
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) 29 October 2016
— SwatKat (@Swaty_Here) 29 October 2016
— Aman Kamboj (@BeingCriCrazy) 29 October 2016
— Somsuvra Dhar 🇮🇳 (@Imshom) 29 October 2016
— Savi (@Savi_2411) 29 October 2016