The first match of the ICC World Cup 2019 wasn’t just about Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Rabada. On Filter Kaapi, we look at interesting sidelights around the encounter.
At number 5 : The 50th win under Virat Kohli’s leadership in his 69th ODI match as skipper. India lost 17 matches under Virat’s captaincy, tied one and no result one. That translates to an impressive 74 per cent winning percentage.
At number 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Men in Blue. Apart from the good wishes, what he wrote in Hindi was important. He wrote : “Khel bhi jeeto aur dil bhi” which translates to win the games and win hearts as well.
At number 3 : Talking of Modi, let us talk taxes too. Yes, GST.
Except that GST in the cricketing arena means Ganguly, Sehwag, Tendulkar. Yes GST was imposed on the commentary box, with the three stalwarts once again together and in top form.
At number 2 : Was this adorable pic of MSD’s daughter Ziva that went viral.
At number 1 : And Dhoni continued to rule at number 1 as well. Netizens noticed that MS Dhoni had printed the insignia of `Balidan’ on his wicket keeping gloves.
That is the regimental dagger insignia which represents the Para SF, Special Operations Unit of the Indian Army attached to the Parachute Regiment.
Dhoni incidentally is a Lt Colonel in the Territorial Army. And these images went viral.