As the controversy surrounding the ICC taking objection to former Team India captain MS Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' of his Para regiment on his wicket-keeping gloves at the World Cup gets bigger, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli refused to comment on the issue.
Reporters asked Kohli his stand on the massive controversy that has irrupted after the ICC objected on Dhoni wearing a glove that has army insignia imprinted on it, but Kohli who was on his way to the World Cup 2019 bus did not say a word. The Indian Captain chose to keep silent.
However, following the Republic's campaign, BCCI said that it will write to the ICC asking it to allow former Indian Cricket Captain to wear his glove that has the army insignia as a mark of honour to the country. As Republic TV broke the story, sports fraternity all over the country showed their support for Dhoni. Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh said that he did not like what the ICC (International Cricket Council) has done on objecting to Dhoni wearing the 'Balidaan Badge' on his glove.
The event took a political turn when Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took to Twitter and showed his support for Dhoni. Bollywood also stood in favour of Dhoni and against the ICC's objection.
Significantly, speaking to Republic TV, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that he had been apprised of the matter and would look into it.
"The government does not interfere in the functioning of BCCI or any sports body. They are autonomous in nature. On the incident related to the World Cup, as reports have come that the pride of India is involved, I would like to say that BCCI should take up the issue on their level properly with the ICC. They should also keep in mind the sentiment of the nation while dealing with the issue," Rijiju said.
The 'Balidaan Badge' was clearly spotted when the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman dismissed Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the South African innings in India’ first World Cup match on Wednesday. The regimental dagger is the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces, of which MS Dhoni is an honorary member.