Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans wore a new jersey in their game against SunRisers Hyderabad on Monday, 15 May. Playing their final home game at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad Gujarat team chose to wear a lavender-coloured kit to raise awareness against cancer. Gujarat had earlier mentioned about their decision in a press release stating the need to raise awareness against the disease.
Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya spoke at the toss and said that he loved the new kit and he was glad that it was for a great cause.
“Obviously very special as this is an initiative to spread awareness of cancer. Like the colour of the jersey. Good and important to play good cricket. We want to continue playing good cricket. The points table does not matter. The guys are relaxed. This year we are playing well,” Hardik Pandya told Ravi Shastri at the toss.
GT had earlier communicated about the new jersey via a press release stating that the jersey represents a powerful reminder of the many lives that get affected by the disease.
“The initiative aims to draw attention to the critical issue of cancer, which continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in India and around the world. According to a press release, the use of lavender, a colour that represents all types of cancer, serves as a powerful reminder of the many lives affected by this devastating disease,” GT had said in a press release.
Gujarat Titans hoped to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention by wearing lavender jersey and emphasised on the critical role that lifestyle changes can play in cancer prevention.
Gujarat were forced make a few changes on the day. Vijay Shankar and Alzarri Joseph were not named in the playing XI.
“Vijay Shankar got hit and in his place comes Sai Sudharsan. Dasun Shanaka makes his debut in place of Alzarri Joseph. Yash Dayal is back in the side,” Pandya informed.
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