Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma walked into the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wearing a special message on his shoes.

Rohit sported a unique design that showcased the endangered Great One-Horned Rhinoceros or the Indian Rhino. The art on Rohit's spikes made a bold statement literally calling out "Save The Rhino" to help build awareness and save the 'vulnerable' species from extinction.

"Yesterday when I walked on to the field it was more than just a game for me. Playing cricket is my dream and help make this world a better place is a cause we all need to work towards. 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," tweeted Rohit.

Meanwhile, Harshal Patel delivered a stunning bowling performance before AB de Villiers' masterclass helped RCB defeated Mumbai Indians by two wickets in the IPL opening match in Chennai on Friday. Harshal had picked five wickets (three in the final over) to restrict Mumbai Indians to 159 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

In response, RCB got over the line off the last ball, courtesy of some fine hitting by de Villiers in the death overs. For RCB, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers played knocks of 39 and 48 respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli also played a 33-run knock off 29 balls.

Earlier, Harshal delivered a stunning bowling performance as RCB restricted Mumbai Indians to 159 runs in the allotted twenty overs after opting to bowl first.

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