Pakistani journalist asks Colin Ingram about Indian team wearing army caps; Ingram dodges question brilliantly
Ingram who will represent Delhi Capitals in the IPL was put in a tight spot.
Updated - Mar 10, 2019 5:28 pm
The Indian cricket team paid a special tribute to the CRPF jawans who were martyred in the Pulwama terror attack and the Indian Armed Forces. They wore camouflaged caps during the third ODI against Australia, which was played in Ranchi. The caps were made specially crafted and the Indian team was presented with the caps by MS Dhoni, who holds an honorary Lieutenant Colonel rank in the Indian Territorial Army. At the toss, the Indian captain Virat Kohli also announced that the team will be donating the match fees from Ranchi ODI to the Indian defence fund.
Pakistani Ministers object to this gesture from Indian team
The gesture by Indian team was applauded by everyone in India, however, in the neighbouring country, Pakistan’s foreign Minister found this highly objectionable and accused the Indian team of politicizing the issue. His voice found support from Information minister of the country, who tweeted that the Pakistan Cricket Board should raise the issue with the ICC, as this kind of blatant expression of politics in cricket was unacceptable.
However, later it was found that the BCCI had obtained permission from the ICC in order to have the Indian team wear the special military-themed caps in the Ranchi ODI and the gesture was purely for paying tributes to the Indian Armed Forces and nothing else.
Pakistani journalist puts Colin Ingram in a spot
Colin Ingram, the South African cricketer is currently part of the T20 league being organized by the PCB and is playing for the Karachi based team. During a press conference, a Pakistani journalist Shoaib Jatt decided to put Ingram in a spot and asked him about his views on Indian team wearing the Army-themed caps and is bringing politics in cricket is right from the Indian team.
Colin Ingram looked flummoxed at the start, but then started off by saying that he has seen how the amalgamation of politics and cricket can be tricky since he has seen it in his home country of South Africa. But he further said that he saw cricket as something that has united his country into one and has done the same around the globe.
Ingram further went on to say that he respected the feelings of the Indian team and respected the gesture they did to honour their forces. It has to be mentioned here that Colin Ingram is slated to play in the Indian Premier League after the completion of the Pakistan T20 league. Ingram will play for Delhi Capitals franchise.
Watch how Ingram masterfully dodges the loaded question asked to him by Pakistani journalist:
Colin Ingiram on Indian Army Caps issues, he was replying me pic.twitter.com/dudfjMbKbR
— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) March 10, 2019