skipper Rohit Sharma made a strong pitch for the conservation of the 'Great One-Horned Rhinoceros' during the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which the defending champions lost by two wickets in a last-ball thriller.
The opening batsman came out to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday sporting a unique design on his shoes, which showcased the 'vulnerable' species.
The one-horned rhinos were being driven to extinction by poachers before conservation efforts saw them survive. They are now on the 'vulnerable' list of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).
Taking to Twitter, Sharma 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."
In another tweet, he added, "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."