Ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia to be played in Chennai, star Indian opener and team’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma has sent a strong message to his followers on Twitter. Rohit has asked his fans to stop poaching and save the wild animals. Actually, Rohit took to his official Twitter account and shared an old picture from his gallery in which he could be seen with a rhinoceros. As he described, it was the “last male Northern White Rhinoceros” alive.

It was the picture which was clicked during his last visit to Kenya in 2015. He also wrote a caption which read,”Left a bit of my heart with this beauty, #Sudan, 2 years ago in Kenya – the last male Northern White Rhinoceros living today #StopPoaching.”

Back in 2015, Rohit Sharma joined an anti-poaching campaign along with Hollywood actors Matt Le Blanc and Salma Hayek. He visited Kenya with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and promoted the cause. While speaking to the media, he then said,”I thought it is my duty to join the anti-poaching drive. I was fascinated to have a look at Sudan (Northern White Rhino) and the sniffer dogs, who catch hold of the poachers.”

Baraka my man!! @OlPejeta

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On September 17, the men in blue will lock horns with the Aussies in the first ODI game of the 5-match bilateral series. In the span of a month and a half, the Australian team will travel the length and breadth of the country. From the Indian squad, ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja would be missing on the play. This will be another good chance for Ajinkya Rahane to be inducted in the opening slot with Rohit Sharma.

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