NEW DELHI: ICC’s request to BCCI seeking the removal of Army insignia from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves has met with sharp reactions from Indian fans.
A deluge of reactions poured in on Twitter backing the best finisher in the world making #DhoniKeepTheGlove the top trend on the micro-blogging website.
— CricketNext (@cricketnext) June 5, 2019
“Every Indian stand with you #DhoniKeepTheGlove,” wrote a user.
— Asutosh (@asutosh007) June 7, 2019
Bollywood celebrities too, stepped in to support the former Indian cricket team captain. Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Rahul Dev tweeted to support Dhoni.
Indian Army has always been independent irrespective of the political party in power. We are proud of them. Lt. Col. @msdhoni has worn the Army insignia as a symbol of pride. Doesn’t hurt anyone’s sentiments, In fact it honours the brave #DhoniKeepTheGlove #WorldCup2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 7, 2019
Dear all at @ICC ,when you are done with which symbol a legendary cricketer (read MS Dhoni) wears on his glove, pls do take time to check out the standard of umpiring.
The World Cup?Really now!
BTW The 'Balidaan Badge' doesn't disrespect anyone.#DhoniKeepTheGlove#AUSvWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/IDTK6ELrC5
— Rahul Dev Official (@RahulDevRising) June 6, 2019
— Teju Shetty (@TejuShetty1) June 7, 2019
“#DhoniKeepTheGlove This is neither political or religious. MS Dhoni is actually Lt. Col MS Dhoni. Dhoni’s wearing an insignia that is part of his regiment: Major Gaurav Arya (Retd.), Consulting Editor, Strategic Affairs ,” said another.
Dhoni was spotted donning a regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces during India’s World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.
Objecting to it, ICC requested BCCI to get it removed leading to a flurry of reactions from supporters of the former skipper.
A fan even countered ICC’s request by demanding that England too should remove three lions from their jerseys.
“##DhoniKeepTheGlove If there is chance to #Boycott other matches in #ICCWorldCup2019, we will if @ICC forcefully remove the gloves. #ICC doing disrespect to Indians. @ICC should ask #England to remove #lions from there T-Shirts. #ICCVersusIndia #ICCWC2019 @BCCI should back dhoni,” the fan tweeted.
Another fan asked ICC to “focus” on their umpiring rather than “unnecessary rules”.
“@ICC First improve your umpiring level and other things, then make unnecessary rules on things like keeping gloves. @BCCI plz support Lt col @msdhoni n ur army. #DhoniKeepTheGlove,” the tweet read.
“In August 2015 , MS Dhoni completed 5 Jumps and became a qualified paratrooper & will wear the coveted Para Wings insignia after completing his fifth jump from an IAF AN-32 aircraft as part of his training at the Paratroopers Training School (PTS) in Agra. #DhoniKeepTheGlove,” wrote another Dhoni fan.
In August 2015 , MS Dhoni completed 5 Jumps and became a qualified paratrooper & will wear the coveted Para Wings insignia after completing his fifth jump from an IAF AN-32 aircraft as part of his training at the Paratroopers Training School (PTS) in Agra. #DhoniKeepTheGlove pic.twitter.com/8OU2dUc3Tb
— Karthick Prabhu (@Kpkarthiprabhu) June 6, 2019
— Rohit kumar (@RK_rohit29) June 6, 2019
India defeated Proteas in their debut World Cup 2019 clash and will next face Australia on June 9.