Updated: June 6, 2019 11:34:32 am
In India’s first match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against South Africa on Wednesday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s stumping of Andile Phehlukwayo got social media buzzing. But what caught the attention the most was the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni’s gloves.
This is why we love u @msdhoni. Thanks to show your love and support for our military PARA SF. Rounded is the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni’s gloves. pic.twitter.com/NgoAriDUxH
— Ram (@myself_Anuz) 5 June 2019
The fact that his glove sported the dagger insignia does not come as a surprise to anyone as he has previously undergone a two-week initial training with the para regiment.
Dhoni had donned the uniform of a commando in 2011 when he was conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment, but he did his training under the Para Brigade in 2015. During the course of his training, the former Indian captain did five parachute jumps, after he had written to the Army authorities to undertake the training himself.
The insignia-spotting invited Twitter reactions too, some posting other instances where the 37-year-old had donned on wardrobe with the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
— Bhavesh Patil (@Bhavesh10618238) 5 June 2019
The World Cup 2019 is likely to be Dhoni’s last world cup.
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