Indian cricketers, for the first time in history, went out to play with their mothers’ name engraved on their blue jerseys. The Indian team, instead of walking into the field with their traditional blue attire with their jersey numbers and surnames, went with their respective mothers’ maiden name. This has been a trend in most other sports across the world, as a tribute to mothers for being an important member of a family and yet not getting as much credit as they deserve.
Speaking at the toss, Indian Captain Mahendra Singh ‘Devaki’ said that everyone is quite used to having surnames from the father. He further stated that one must appreciate everything mothers do. He said that the connection with mothers is extremely emotional and it is good that this has been put on a public platform. He further requested the entire country to keep this in mind and appreciate their mothers everyday.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also returning to Vizag, a place that put him on the map following his magnificent maiden century against Pakistan in 2005. Dhoni definitely has fond memories from this ground and would like to keep them that way. He is expected to bat at no 4, like he has in the last two matches and would like to make a significant contribution to India’s score. Dhoni also happens to be the most experienced batsman in this line-up and would definitely look to step up to the occasion.
India is currently facing New Zealand in the 5th match of the ODI series that is tied at 2-2. India would like to win the match and seal the series. India had previously whitewashed New Zealand in the test series; 3-0.