IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma wears special shoes to raise awareness about rhino conservation

Mumbai Indians captain says 'every step matters' while saving endangered species

Mumbai Indians captain and India opener Rohit Sharma is using his popularity on and off the field to raise awareness about a cause that is close to his heart - rhino conservation.

During the opening match of IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sharma wore special shoes with 'save the rhino' message on them, and particularly the endangered great one-horned rhinoceros.

After the match, Sharma took to social media to highlight the issue.

"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 towards," Sharma wrote on Twitter.

Chris Lynn of Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma captain of Mumbai Indians opening batsman for the Mumbai Indians during match 1 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the 9th April 2021. Photo by Sandeep Shetty / Sportzpics for IPL
Rohit Sharma wore special shoes for Mumbai Indians' match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sportzpics for IPL

"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."

In September 2019, the opening batsman had launched the 'Rohit4Rhinos' campaign in partnership with WWF India and Animal Planet.

In the match, there was no relief for Sharma. South Africa's AB de Villiers hit a quickfire 48 as Royal Challengers Bangalore prevailed in a last-ball thriller.

Virat Kohli's Bangalore chased down a target of 160 to win by two wickets. De Villiers lifted the team from a precarious 122-6 to take the chase into the final over. Harshal Patel, who took five wickets to restrict Mumbai to 159-9 in their 20 overs, got the winning run in a tense finish.

Published: April 11, 2021 07:15 AM

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