Indian players are wearing black armbands for their first T20 World Cup Super Eights fixture against Afghanistan in Barbados - here's why. 

Indian captain Rohit Sharma called the coin toss correctly, and chose to bat first. As he walked out to open with Virat Kohli, the pair were seen sporting black armbands, which are usually worn as a mark of respect for someone who has passed away.

Former India fast bowler passes away

Teams often carry out this gesture when a former international or domestic player, or a prominent member of the cricketing fraternity, passes away. This morning in India, news emerged of the passing of David Johnson at the age of 52 in Bengaluru, said to have fallen from his fourth-floor balcony.


Johnson represented Karnataka at the domestic level, and played two Tests for India in October and December 1996 with his selection coming on the back of a 10-wicket haul against Kerala.

Fondly nicknamed the 'Arasikere Express', after the town he was born in, Johnson could crank up the heat when he wanted to, clocking 157.8 kmph against Australia, although that particular number may have been a speedgun error.

His passing was also publicly mourned by former teammate Anil Kumble and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.



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