Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have fumbled a bit before stumping Andile Phehlukwayo, but his wicketkeeping gloves some special attention.
What caught the attention of the general public was the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni’s gloves.
That’s the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni’s gloves: pic.twitter.com/YKoA5Az54o— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 5, 2019
Although this should not come as a surprise as the former Indian captain had undergone a two-week initial training with the paramilitary forces.
Also called the Balidaan (‘sacrifice’) badge, it appears to be officially printed/embroidered on @msdhoni’s @sg_cricket gloves. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/ld0fNKh3Ho— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 5, 2019
After being conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment in 2011, Dhoni had donned the uniform and trained under the Para Brigade in 2015.
After writing to the authorities to undertake the training himself, Dhoni had done 5 parachute jumps.
The insignia on Dhoni’s gloves also invited some Twitter reactions.
One more @ShivAroor😄 pic.twitter.com/v0kuE1ag1h— Bhavesh Patil (@Bhavesh10618238) June 5, 2019
MS has a mobile case with Balidan. Also during IPL he was wearing cap with Balidan. His love and respect for Para SF is above all. #Balidan #ParaSF pic.twitter.com/f2C01jnvUB— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) June 5, 2019
This man @msdhoni has earned so much respect from all over d world surely not without a reason— Dr.pooja chakraborty (@Drpoojachakrab3) June 5, 2019
He deserves every bit of it infact much more
Dhoni has long been associated with the Indian armed forces and has regularly donned such insignia in his long and esteemed career.