It is going to be a Pink day today in South African cricket. The South Africa team will be wearing Pink Jerseys today in the 4th ODI against Indian cricket team. The Supporters will also be encouraged to wear Pink outfits aswell. And it is going to be a sea of pink today in the Wanderers Cricket stadium. Also the hashtag #PitchUpinPink & #PinkDay is definitely going to make a huge trend among the social media. Now, let’s get into the detail of the reason behind South Africa wearing the Pink jersey today.
One good thing for the South Africa today is they have never lost in an ODI Match wearing Pink Jersey so far.
Reason for South Africa wearing Pink Jersey in Cricket
The reason behind South African Cricket team wearing Pink Jersey is for supporting and creating awareness on Breast Cancer.
And for the same reason on creating an awareness of Breast Cancer, the South African team will once again helm the pink jersey today in Johannesburg against India.
AB De Villiers himself said,”We realize the importance of highlighting awareness around breast cancer and for us to play in pink is our way of contributing to the campaign”.
The Purpose of this this year’s Pink Day is to collect money for the Breast Cancer Clinic at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The goal is to raise more than R1 million‚ which will mostly come from the sale of bracelets designed by sun-glass enthusiast David Tlale.
Tlale also added,
“For the bracelet‚ we selected a weave design which is in line with a lot of current trends in bold colours that will grasp the attention of anyone that sees you wearing it. This then becomes another conversation piece around the cause and raises the funds needed to make a difference.
”The team has always enjoyed playing in the PinkDay and also seeing our fans really get behind the cause and campaign.
“We look forward to seeing them step it up‚”
South Africa Cricket team in Pink Jersey
South African cricket team first wore the pink jersey in March 2013 in an ODI match against Pakistan at home. After that they decided to make it an occasion to have Pink Day once in a while, when they play ODI matches in home.
South Africa has so far played 5 matches wearing Pink Jerseys and they had won it all. So with the history of never losing a match in Pink Jersey, they might have an added pressure of winning this match.
Indian team who just need 1 win in the 3 remaining matches will be looking to seal the match today.
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AB De Villiers record in Pink Jersey
Already lost 3 matches straight against the Indian team, South Africa will be looking forward to get back into the series with a win today. The team will definitely look a different team with the arrival of AB De Villiers. He was kept out with his finger injury for the first 3 ODI matches.
Ab De Villiers record in Pink jersey is exceptional as he scored the Fastest Century in ODI history 3 years ago against West Indies wearing pink jersey in this same Wanderers ground at Johannesburg.
ABD has scored 450 runs at an average of 112.5 which includes 2 centuries and 2 half centuries.
Check Ab De Villiers scores in 5 Pink Day Matches he played so far,
|Month & Year||Against||Score (Balls)||Boundaries (Fours - Sixes)||Won by|
|March 2013||Pakistan||128 (108)||12 - 3||South Africa|
|December 2013||India||77 (47)||6 - 4||South Africa|
|January 2015||West Indies||149 (44)||16 - 9||South Africa|
|February 2016||England||36 (27)||4 - 1||South Africa|
|February 2017||Sri Lanka||60* (61)||5 - 0||South Africa|
|February 2018||India||26 (19)||1 - 2||South Africa|
Watch Ab De Villiers scoring the fastest Century in ODI in Pink Jersey against West Indies