The Pulwama attack martyrs were honoured and commemorated by the Indian cricket team as captain Virat Kohli. Announced at the time of toss that all the match proceedings and the match fees from the team members would be donated to the National Defense Fund.
BCCI took a special initiative which was seen as the team members wearing special caps to honour the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the terror attack at Pulwama on February 14.
Virat in his own words, said “This is to pay respects to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack and their families. All the players in the team have decided to donate their match fees of this particular game to them. National Defence Fund. I, as the captain of the team, urged everyone in the country to do the same –
Donate how much ever they can to the National Defence Fund. And help in the education and the well-being of the family and the children of those. Who lost their lives in the attack so it is a very special cap and a very special game today.”The toss was won by team India and, following the toss, the captain chose to bowl first.
Virat Kohli leading out the entire Indian team to the field and all the members sporting the special cap was seen in the third ODI. At the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi. Captain Kohli mentioned at the toss that Indian team is going into the game unchanged and they look forward to sealing the 5-match series in the 3rd ODI itself.
When asked about the match being 250 games, Virat said, “It’s been a pleasant surprise, these couple of games. We’re proud of the way we played in the first two games. We have been used to 300-350 games but to have those old fashioned 250 games is really pleasing. It’s important to have this quality because, in the second half of the World Cup,
it might come to these skills. We don’t mind grinding out wins in such fashion.”
The team was unchanged, which undoubtedly means that Rishabh Pant will continue to be on the sidelines. The 21-year-old player Rishabh Pant is competing with Dinesh Karthik for the role of the second wicketkeeper. And thus only one of the two will find a place in the World Cup squad.