Indian cricket team, currently playing the third test of the Pataudi trophy 2018 in Trent Bridge, Nottingham were seen wearing black armbands in the memory of Late Ajit Wadekar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died on 15th and 16th August respectively.
Ajit Wadekar led India to their first ever series victory in West Indies and England. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is widely renowned as one of the most effective prime-ministers of India till date. Being representative of the country, Indian team expressed their grief for incomparable damage the country suffered in past few days.
BCCI also conveyed about the gesture via Twitter
“The Indian cricket team is wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to former indian captain Shri Ajit Wadekar and former india prime minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently,” the BCCI tweeted.
Indian cricket team has been performing gestures on different occasions in the past as well. Most notable being when the whole team wore the jerseys with name of their mother’s on it instead their own on occassion of Star India’s initiative named “Nayi Soch” with the collaboration of BCCI that was purposed to highlight the importance of mothers in our lives on the occasion of Mother’s Day.
Meanwhile, commentator Micheal Holding was heard trying mocking Indian team for this gesture while he made an undesirable comment on this saying Indian team haven’t wore black armbands because they have performed ingloriously in the series so far before explaining the genuine cause of the gesture.