#IndiaInEngland: Why are Indian cricketers wearing black armbands?
The third Test match between England and India is underway at Nottingham with Joe Root putting the visitors to bat first. Men in Blue were seen donning black armbands. Many of you must be wondering why is it so. The reason behind the same is that they are paying respect to the recently deceased Ajit Wadekar and former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Former Indian skipper Ajit Wadekar passed away in Mumbai, on August 15, at the age of 77. The next day, BJP politician and former India's Primer Minister breathed his last after battling a prolonged illness. Black armbands are worn to pay respect to recently deceased legends. It is mainly a sign of mourning. This is a heartfelt gesture by Kohli-led Team India.
Ajit had led India to their first Test series win outside the sub-continent in England and West Indies. He was an iconic cricketer and was respected by all. He donned several hats in his illustrious career. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the tallest leaders of India. He was also a 3-time Prime Minister. The whole country is mourning the death of these legends.
India got off to a good start in the third Test at Nottingham. At the time of publishing, India were at 65/1. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul have laid a good foundation.