MS Dhoni, playing against Australia during India's second match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, followed the ICC's instructions after he was spotted with the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket keeping gloves. The former captain and India's wicket-keeper did not attach the regimental dagger insignia (Balidan Badge) on his gloves during India vs Australia, ICC CWC match played at The Oval, London. This after the governing body turned down BCCI's request to allow the stumper to keep sporting the Army insignia at the World Cup. MS Dhoni Prohibited from Using Army Insignia on Gloves During Cricket World Cup 2019 by ICC.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket keeping gloves with Indian Army Insignia (Balidan Badge) that the former Indian cricket team captain wore became a topic of national debate after Cricket's leading governing body, the ICC asked BCCI and directed Dhoni to not use the gloves with the badge on it. MS Dhoni wore the gloves with Balidan (sacrifice) badge during the India vs South Africa match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 being held in England and Wales. MS Dhoni Gloves Row: Unlike CoA & CEO, Indian Players Stand by Former India Skipper Army Insignia Issue.
However, several fans on Twitter pointed out the fact that the dagger was missing from Dhoni's gloves today, during India vs Australia match at London.
Read Tweets Below Probing or Pointing Absence of Insignia From Dhoni's Gloves
— Arun Tandle (@aruntandle) June 9, 2019
This Fan Made an Observation and Shared
— 🇮🇳 (@thesarcasminc) June 9, 2019
Controversy erupted after Dhoni's gloves were spotted with the Balidan badge, the regimental dagger of the Indian Para Special Forces during India's opening match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. MS Dhoni in England for Cricket, Not Mahabharata, Says Pakistan Minister Over Army Insignia on Indian Wicket-Keeper's Gloves.
The ICC requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ask Dhoni to not use the Balidan badge again. However, many Indians did not take ICC's request lightly and launched a massive campaign in favour of Dhoni on Twitter.
Within hours, #DhoniKeepTheGlove started trending and top the trends in India on Twitter. Many fans also called for boycott of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by India. However, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar appealed everyone to think and talk sensibly on the issue.
Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has come out in support of M.S. Dhoni in the gloves controversy, saying ICC's job is not to look at who is wearing what. This after the governing body turned down BCCI's request to allow the stumper to keep sporting the Army insignia at the World Cup. MS Dhoni's Decision to Wear Balidaan Badge Personal, Says Lt Gen Cherish Mathson. "The ICC's job is to run cricket in the right way, not to see who is wearing the gallows and the logo on it," he said during an interaction with a private TV news channel.