In a remarkable gesture, the Indian cricket team wore camouflaged army caps in the third One-Day International against Australia to pay tribute to the CRPF jawans who died in Pulwama terror attack two weeks back and the armed forces.
MS Dhoni, himself a Lt. Col. with the Territorial Army, presented the caps to each member of the team and management ahead of the ODI at his home ground of Ranchi. It was also announced that the Indian cricket team will wear camouflaged caps to pay tribute to the Indian Armed Forces at least once every year.
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, also said at the toss that the whole of the team will donate their match fees of the game to the National Defence Fund and further urged everyone in the nation to help the families of the army in every way that they can.
Unfortunately team India lost the match by 32 runs despite Kohli’s magnificent century. In Australian side, Skipper Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja added 193 for the opening wicket and only a spirited bowling performance from India kept Australia to 313 off their 50 overs. Finch was unlucky to fall for 93 but Khawaja went on to score his maiden ODI hundred.
It was the maiden hundred from the Pakistan-born cricketer in a match which saw Indian cricketers being criticized for wearing army caps. Many Pakistani social media users mocked Indian players for wearing Army caps and also trended Usman Khawaja’s name in twitter.
On of a Pakistani Internet user named Ahsan in his account wrote “So Indian Cricket team is wearing Special caps to support their Army and a Pakistani Born Usman Khawaja smahsed a Century against them. How beautiful 😂😂😂”
So Indian Cricket team is wearing Special caps to support their Army and a Pakistani Born Usman Khawaja smahsed a Century against them. How beautiful 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/emKVeXa0r5
— Ahsan. 🇵🇰 (@imPakistaniLAD) March 8, 2019
This tweet of him received fitting replies and hilarious trolls as Khawaja decided not to play for his own country but playing for some other country.
Check out some the reactions here :
— Namo Bhagavate Rudra (@Indianandunited) March 8, 2019
— Kourageous👸🏽✨🇮🇳 (@EliteEvilQueen) March 8, 2019
Maybe he’s trying to send the message “Drop hundreds, not bombs!”. But you dumbwits won’t get that, would u?
— Ryuk (@dodginghumans) March 8, 2019
He forced a draw against his fellow Pakistanis in UAE a few months ago…that was indeed beautiful.
— Aman Mishra (@AmanMis80319113) March 8, 2019
When was the last time pak played an international cricket series in pak?
— Rahul Nigam (@imrahulindia1st) March 8, 2019
Not as beautiful as being able to host games in the home country:). Sadly not all countries can feel this 😉
— Himanshu (@himanshustweets) March 8, 2019
Usman is smart enough, that’s why he is playing for Australia not Pakistan. #pkmkb
— Saksham Mishra (@deadpoolmishra) March 8, 2019
How beautiful is this?? pic.twitter.com/90mkcW00CV
— Mahi The Leader❤️ (@HeisenbergMass) March 9, 2019
ODI centuries since 2017:
VIRAT KOHLI – 15
South Africa – 15
Pakistan – 14
Bangladesh – 13
West Indies – 12
Sri Lanka – 10
International centuries since 2017:
VIRAT KOHLI – 25
Pakistan – 24#IndvAus
How wonderful 😂😂😂
— Devbrat Patnaik (@dev_muzic) March 8, 2019
Usman Khawaja decided to live in and play for a better country.
How beautiful is that?
— KarthiK*Subha (@kkgates88) March 9, 2019
Usman knows the pathetic to live in Pakistan so he moved to Australia which is far better than bloody Pak… How beautiful it is🖕🖕🤣🤣🤣🗣️🗣️🤭🤭🤭
— Shanu Tarak (@shanu_tarak) March 9, 2019
It would be fun to watch when he’ll play against pakistan and score runs. And i can imagine how y’all will moan about him.
— Varun Verma (@Varun_MF_Verma) March 8, 2019
Well he made the right choice between throwing a cricket ball and throwing grenades. How beautiful is that.!
— TheFinger (@trickydonor) March 9, 2019
You love cheap thrills don’t you..so typical of you guys!!!that player is an Ozzie passport holder…so stop revelling in his glory and now u may take a bow
— Parik Narayan (@Parikk) March 8, 2019
Well, he got what he deserved , ain’t he ??