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MS Dhoni: The Indian Cricket Star With Military-Inspired Gloves

Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained his team to a World Cup win in 2011 and showed off a military logo on his gloves.

Watch: MS Dhoni talks about his career away from cricket in 2015.

On Sunday June 30, England face India in the Cricket World Cup.

Despite it being a home tournament for England, it is likely that the game, being played at Edgbaston in Birmingham, could feel more like it is being contested at a ground in the sub-continent, such is the support for Virat Kohli’s team.

When India won the World Cup in 2011, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain – his side beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final and he was named man of the match for his 91 runs.

In 2019, MS Dhoni is still the backbone of the India team, keeping wicket and providing the hard hitting runs he has become known for.

He will play a crucial role in the match against England. 

However, early in the tournament, Dhoni received criticism for brandishing military insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves.

Dhoni is a member of a reserve force called the Territorial Army in India and sports the logo of the special forces on his gloves.

The logo, which depicts a commando dagger, is known as the Balidaan (sacrifice) badge in India.

When he wore the gloves for India's opening match against South Africa, many Indians praised him for doing so but the International Cricket Council (ICC) were not impressed, saying it goes against regulations.

It said regulations for ICC events did not permit messages to be shown on clothing or equipment and added that the logo also breached regulations about what was permitted on wicketkeeper gloves.

According to its rules, wicket-keeping gloves can only display two manufacturing logos and nothing else.

Many tweeted about how proud they were of both Dhoni and the Indian army.

The much-loved cricketer has spoken in the past about his pride at representing his country, not only on the pitch, but in military uniform too.

In 2015, MS Dhoni played in a celebrity match at the Kia Oval in South London.

He was playing for a Help for Heroes XI, captained by Andrew Strauss, against a Rest of The World XI.

£300,000 was raised at the Cricket for Heroes event.

Dhoni scored the winning runs with the H4H team winning by four wickets, with three balls to spare.

Watch a 2015 interview with MS Dhoni at the top of this page.