India skipper Virat Kohli has expressed grief after the Indian soldiers were martyred in the Galwan Valley. “Salute and deepest respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect our country in the Galwan Valley,” Kohli wrote on Twitter.
Salute and deepest respect to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect our country in the Galwan Valley. NO one is more selfless and brave than a soldier. Sincere condolences to the families. I hope they find peace through our prayers at this difficult time. ????— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 17, 2020
The Indo-China tension has been on for a while now depsite the talks between the countries.
Earlier, former opener Virender Sehwag and opener Shikhar Dhawan also paid tribute to the martyrs.
Heartfelt condolences to Col. Santosh Babu who made the Supreme Sacrifice in action at the#GalwanValley . At a time, when the world is dealing with a serious pandemic, this is the last thing we need. I hope Cheeni sudhar jaayein. pic.twitter.com/PlvE9WStEY— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 16, 2020
A sacrifice that will never be forgotten by the nation. Heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the Indian Army officer and the two soldiers. Saluting your bravery, Jai Hind! ???????? #GalwanValley pic.twitter.com/Kk2Wt0WdSs— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 16, 2020
Like every Indian right now, I feel extreme pain. Our soldiers, like always have displayed exemplary courage. Damage has been inflicted on both sides but India never hides the sacrifice of soldiers for fake perception! Nation stands with the bereaved families! #WeStandFirm— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 17, 2020
We will forever be indebted to the soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country. My thoughts are with their families. #GalwanValley— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) June 17, 2020
During a time when we are dealing with a pandemic, this stress on our borders is really saddening.— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) June 17, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs. #GalwanValley
We all stand together with our #IndianArmy ????????
Our martyrs will continue to live through the lives that they have inspired with the heroic acts to protect our motherland. A nation mourns its brave jawans and stands by their selfless parents and families.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 17, 2020
Deepest condolences and may you all rest in peace. ????????
At the border we lose our soldiers. I really wish & pray there should be a way when a mother doesn’t have to go through the pain of losing her son,a father doesn’t lose his lineage. A brother doesn’t lose his friend & a sister doesn’t lose a hand on which she ties Rakhi..— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 17, 2020
The cricketing events have been shut due to the coronavirus outburst. India last toured New Zealand earlier this year where they won the T20Is but lost the ODIs and Tests.
They were later slated to play a bilateral tie against South Africa at home but that too was canceled. The first match was washed away due to rain while the other two were called-off due to COVID-19 outbreak.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) that was scheduled to begin in March-end was initially postponed till April 14 and later for an indefinite time. Though, as per the reports the IPL might start on September 26.