MS Dhoni's Decision to Wear Balidaan Badge Personal, Says Lt Gen Cherish Mathson
MS Dhoni in action during ICC CWC 2019 (Photo Credits: IANS)

Dehradun, June 8: Former India skipper MS Dhoni's decision to display an Army insignia on his wicket-keeper gloves was personal, said Lt. Gen. Cherish Mathson, GOC-in-C South Western Command,on Saturday. MS Dhoni Gloves Row: Unlike CoA & CEO, Indian Players Stand by Former India Skipper Army Insignia Issue.

"This is a personal decision of Dhoni. This is between Dhoni and the ICC (International Cricket Council)," Lt. Gen. Mathson, who was the Reviewing Officer (RO) at the Passing out Parade of the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here, told the media.

He also indicated that the Army should not be dragged into the controversy. "Whatever you are saying is Dhoni's personal decision. The ICC will take a decision (on the matter)." Bhaichung Bhutia 'Slams' MS Dhoni Following Army Insignia Gloves Controversy, Says Wicket-Keeper Should Respect the Sport.

The "Balidaan Badge" was spotted on Dhoni's gloves as television replays showed him stumping Andile Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal during India's first World Cup match on June 5. MS Dhoni Prohibited from Using Army Insignia on Gloves During Cricket World Cup 2019 by ICC.

"Balidaan" is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form a part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with "Balidaan" inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the insignia.