Chennai: Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma showed his love for the conservation of the ‘Great One-Horned Rhinoceros’ during the opener of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which the RCB won by two wickets in a last-ball thriller.
On Saturday, the MI opening batsman and skipper came out to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, sporting his shoes, which showcased the ‘one-horned rhinos’.
The one-horned rhinos are now listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).
Sharma took to his Twitter handle, shared pictures of the shoe with the message: “Yesterday when I walked on to the field, it was more than just a game for me. Playing cricket is my dream and helping make this world a better place is a cause we all need to work for.”
He further tweeted, “It was special for me to take up a cause so close to my heart with me on the field while I do what I love. Every step matters.”
After taking a pledge, Sharma had said, “My love for rhinos sparked when I first heard about Sudan, the last male northern white African rhino who passed away this year thus leading to the inevitable extinction of the entire species and that broke my heart.
“I researched. The best way for me to help prevent something like this from happening and the best way I know how is to create awareness. After getting in touch with WWF I learnt that 82 per cent of the world’s rhinos reside in India and I am honored to be WWF-India’s rhino ambassador to spread awareness and do my bit to contribute to the protection and survival of the rhino.”