Why The South African Team Is Dressed In Pink?

| February 10 , 2018 , 20:22 IST

India is playing the fourth ODI vs South Africa. The team has a 3-0 lead in the 6 match series.

The two teams are playing the fourth ODI at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. 

Those watching the game might have wondered why the South African team has stepped out dressed in Pink jersey instead of their national green one.

The South African team is wearing Pink jersey as part of an drive to raise awareness around breast cancer.

Proteas star batsman AB De Villiers said,"We realise the importance of highlighting awareness around breast cancer and for us to play in pink is our way of contributing to the campaign".

This however is not the first instance where the South African team wore pink. The team has in the past 5 occasions worn Pink for this cause.

Interestingly the South African team has been unbeaten on all these occasions.

Pink seems to be lucky with AB De Villiers too who is playing in the team after missing the first 3 games. He has an exceptional record while batting in pink and scored the fastest hundred in ODI history at the Wanderers against West Indies three years ago. De Villiers is certainly one of the most explosive batsmen of limited cricket and is capable of winning matches for his team.

Katharine Tromp, Marketing Manager of New Balance, Sponsor of South African team announced the donation of R50 for every shirt sold at the ground during the Momentum ODI PinkDay.

She said, “PinkDay is an occasion on which we can celebrate the human spirit and showcase to the world how sport can change people’s lives. Uniting the people of South Africa against a common cause, we highlight the need to support those affected whilst contributing to better facilities and accessibility for woman to win the battle against breast cancer. We are delighted to announce that New Balance will be donating R50 for every shirt sold at the ground during the Momentum ODI PinkDay. We hope that fans and supporters dress up in pink and get behind this worthy cause.”

The match was paused because of thunderstorms. India were 196/2.

Chris Morris dismissed Virat Kohli for 75; Shikhar Dhawan scored his century becoming the first Indian to score a hundred in 100th ODI.