Well begun is half done and Team India’s spirits are high after a comfortable win over South Africa in their opening World Cup encounter on Wednesday. From Southampton, the team, on Thursday, travelled to their ‘next stop London’ for the second match against Australia, and as evident in the group picture, the team looked confident and positive.
Virat Kohli on Thursday shared a snap where he is posing along with his team members, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, all dressed in official team gear, before they boarded the team bus.
The captain captioned the post, “Next stop London. 🚌 ✌🏼 #travelday #CWC19.”
The post came an hour before the row over Dhoni sporting the ‘Balidaan Badge’, the symbol of the regimental dagger, the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces, on his wicketkeeping gloves erupted.
The International Cricket Council requesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India to get it removed sparked anger in the country.
Several celebrities like Sreesanth, Milkha Singh, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, among others backed Dhoni to wear the gloves with the symbol. Even Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju supported Dhoni to wear the gloves.
BCCI had confirmed to Republic TV sources that they had already written a letter to the ICC on seeking clearance for MS Dhoni to continue wearing the insignia badge on his gloves. Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai had confirmed the news.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson said the world cricket body may or may not change their stance after BCCI's request.
Meanwhile, like the above photograph, Kohli has shared pictures of Team India's paintball and gymming session before.
India plays Australia at the Oval on Sunday.