Southampton: As India began their ICC World Cup 2019 journey with a six-wicket victory over South Africa, fans, apart from celebrating the win, were saluting former captain MS Dhoni for his respect for the Indian Army.

Hawk-eyed Indian supporters spotted the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni's gloves as he played at The Hampshire Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5).

Match scorecard

As soon as pictures of Dhoni were shared on social media, fans started praised the wicketkeeper-batsman. Dhoni's gloves has "Balidaan" badge of the Para SF.

“Salute & respect to MS Dhoni who printed insignia of 'Balidaan' on his wicket keeping gloves. That's the regimental dagger insignia which represents the Para SF, Special Operations unit of Indian Army attached to Parachute Regiment,” a Twitter user wrote.

Photos from the match

This is not the first time that Dhoni had showed his love and respect for the Army. During the home series against Australia, thanks to Dhoni, India players wore Army caps during ODI match in Ranchi.

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During that game in February, India paid tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack.

Dhoni had been conferred with an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment. In 2015, he also underwent training under the Para Brigade.

Also, several points shared Dhoni pictures from the past where he had worn caps bearing "Balidaan" badge. And, some pointed out at his mobile phone cover which had the same.

In the World Cup match against South Africa, Dhoni effected a stumping off Yuzvendra Chahal to dismiss all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. Later, in the 228-run chase, he scored 34 while Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with 122 not out.

India’s next match is against Australia on Sunday (June 9). The 10-team World Cup is being played on round robin format with the top-four progressing to the semi-finals. The iconic Lord’s stadium will host the final on July 14.