Gujarat Titans will wear the lavender jersey in their last home match of the 2023 season against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium on 15th May. This initiative aims to highlight the important issue of cancer.
The choice of lavender, a colour that symbolizes all types of cancer, is a powerful reminder of the many affected by this devastating disease. By wearing lavender jerseys, the Gujarat Titans aim to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention, emphasizing that lifestyle changes can play a vital role in combating cancer.
Globally, cancer ranks as the second most common cause of death, causing approximately 9.9 million deaths in 2020. In the last decade 26 per cent increase in cancer incidence worldwide while a 21 per cent increase in cancer-related deaths.
In India, a person has a one in nine chance of getting cancer during their lifetime. The estimated number of new cancer cases in the country for 2022 was over 14.16 lakh, with an estimated 12.8 per cent increase in cancer incidence by 2025 as compared to 2020.
Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya said, “As a team, we feel responsible for raising awareness about this deadly disease. Wearing the lavender jersey is our way of showing solidarity with cancer patients, survivors and their families. We hope our actions inspire others to take preventive measures and support those fighting this battle.”
Gujarat Titans have 16 points from 11 matches and are at the top of the points table in IPL 2023. A win from their remaining three matches will guarantee them a place in the Playoffs, while a second win will ensure a top-two finish and a Qualifier 1 berth. With 8 points from 10 matches, Hyderabad languish in ninth place, above only Delhi Capitals.
Gujarat’s final three league matches will be against Mumbai Indians (in Mumbai on 12th May), Sunrisers Hyderabad (at home on 15th May), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (in Bengaluru on 21st May).