World Cup 2019: Lt Col Dhoni takes to field with ‘Balidan’ badge

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India’s winning start in the ICC World Cup 2019 on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, remained a Rohit Sharma show. Mahendra Singh Dhoni too chipped in with the willow. But it were Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves to have more intrigue and interest. Not purely for cricketing reasons though. But for an insignia displayed more prominently than manufacturer’s SG logo on both the keeping gloves.

India has started their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa. Rohit Sharma, Yajuvendra Chahal and Dhoni were the main architects of the win. While India had answer to all questions Proteas could throw on the field, Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves left an average cricket fan wondering about the silver insignia.

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So what was this icon like a miniature ‘Trishul’? This is para commandos badge, which is not meant for civilians. Dhoni has earned the right and the badge as he joined the Territorial Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is also a trained para-trooper now. He is only the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to get an honorary Army commission.

On Wednesday in Southampton he carried para-troopers’ “Balidan” badge, made of pure silver, on his wicket-keeping gloves.

Dhoni had earlier revealed that he wanted to join uniformed forces, but destiny took his towards cricket. Goes without saying, the veteran cricket misses no opportunity to live his dream of being an Armyman.

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