Chennai/UNI: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma wore shoes highlighting the "Great One-Horned Rhinoceros" during the IPL opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore to spread awareness about the conservation of endangered species.
Rohit has taken a unique approach in this year's IPL to speak up about a cause that he has long supported — the conservation of the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros or the Indian Rhino.
The Indian opener sported a unique design of his IPL cricket shoes which showcased the endangered species on them.
The art on Rohit's spikes made a bold statement literally calling out ''SAVE THE RHINO'' and this shall surely help educate more people and help their vision to save the 'vulnerable' species from extinction.
Kevin Pietersen, the former England captain, took to Twitter and hailed the gesture saying,''The great man’s boots last night in the IPL opener. Rohit Sharma continually playing for a cause – SAVING RHINOS!''
It was special for me to take a cause so close to my heart with me on the field while I do what I love. Every step matters. 🦏❤️ (2/2)— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 10, 2021
Of the estimated 3500 Indian rhinos left in the world, 82 per cent are found in India. Once found abundantly across the Indus, the Ganges, and the Brahmaputra river basins, the animal is now found only in select pockets in Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.
The Indian rhinoceros face several threats, including poaching, habitat loss and mass mortality from inbreeding and disease.
The defending champions Mumbai Indians lost the IPL 2021 opener by two wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. They are set to face Kolkata Knight Riders next on April 13.