India vs England: Indian soldiers in First World War recognised in special matchSep 11,2018 SOURCE: DNA INDIA
A special match was played on Sunday to recognise the role of Indian soldiers in the First World War. The match played after following the first session of play between India and England at Kia Oval. The special match featured the Royal British Legion who joined forces with Surrey CCC. Another event featured the re-enactment of a cricket match played on the Western Front between the Royal Manchester Regiment and the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army. Later this year, the Legion will highlight the British Asian contribution with the introduction of a Khadi Poppy. A limited production will be distributed among the British Asian community in the UK to symbolically recognise their contribution to the First World War. Over a million Indians were part of The British joint forces during World War One. They were deployed in European, Mediterranean and the Middle East regions during the war. Reportedly, 62,000 lost their lives and another 67,000 were wounded. Prior to the start of the Test, India and England captains Virat Kohli and Joe Root were the first people to wear the poppy.