Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit Wadekar

Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit Wadekar

first_imgVirat Kohli has condoled the deaths of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee and ex-India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar. Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday a day after Wadekar, who passed away aged 77 after a prolonged illness.Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 and passed away on August 16 at 5.05 PM, according to a statement issued by AIIMS. The former Prime Minister was being treated for kidney infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.After Vajpayee’s death was announced, the BCCI and cricketers across the nation tweeted to offer their condolences.Kohli also took to Twitter the pay his tributes to the two great personalities.”A sombre day for us as we mourn the loss of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and Legendary Indian Captain Ajit Wadekar sir. May your souls rest in peace. India and its millions will always remember you fondly,” Kohli tweeted.A sombre day for us as we mourn the loss of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and Legendary Indian Captain Ajit Wadekar sir. May your souls rest in peace. India and its millions will always remember you fondly.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 16, 2018My deepest condolences on the passing of our former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause. May his soul rest in peace.Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 16, 2018advertisementDeeply saddened to hear about the loss of Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji. His values and ideologies will be remembered forever.cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 16, 2018It’s been a sad week, the demise of one of India’s finest leaders “Mr. Vajpayee” is heartbreaking. #RIPVajpayeeAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 16, 2018A sad day for the country, as we lose one of our greatest leaders. #AtalBihariVajpayee contributed so much for the betterment of the country. May his soul rest in peaceAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 16, 2018Vajpayee served as India’s Prime Minister three times. During his tenure as PM, Vajpayee had ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture.Also Read – Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93: Indian cricket team offers condolencesVajpayee occupies a fond place in the hearts of India’s cricketing superstars. Back in 2004, when India toured Pakistan for a Test and ODI series, Vajpayee had told then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to win games as well as hearts in the neighbouring country: ‘Khel bhi jeetiye, dil bhi jeetiye.’India won the Test as well as the ODI series in Pakistan and they were showered with warm affection in the country. Ajit Wadekar passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai (Getty Images)Wadekar is best remembered for captaining the Indian team to a 1-0 series win in the Caribbean in 1971 and then beating England by the same margin later in the year.Also read – Ajit Wadekar dies at 77: Cricket fraternity mourns death of legendary captainThe left-handed batsman scored 2,113 runs at an average of 31.07 in 37 Tests with a hundred and 14 half-centuries.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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