India's top sportsmen on Wednesday paid their respects to the soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley during a standoff against the Chinese military on Monday night.
Twenty Indian Army personnel, including Colonel Santosh Babu, were killed in the clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, the biggest military confrontation in 45 years between the Asian giants.
Virat Kohli: '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'.
Rohit Sharma: 'Salute to our REAL HEROES who laid their lives protecting and honouring our border. May god give their families utmost strength #GalwanValley'.
Bhaichung Bhutia: "China had asked all its citizens to leave India few weeks back. The killing of our soldiers in LAC was a I think a planned one. We completely condemn this cowardly act of China. Indian Govt should take strong necessary action and not bow down to Chinese aggression."
Irfan Pathan: 'We will always be indebted to our jawans of #IndianArmy who lost their lives in #GalwanValley #JaiHind. 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...'
Saina Nehwal: 'I salute the Indian army Flag of IndiaFlexed biceps… I salute the Indian soldiers who were martyred at #GalwanValley... My heart goes out to the families of these brave soldiers; #JaiHind @IndINDIANARMY'.
Yuvraj Singh: 'I salute the courage of our Indian soldiers who have been martyred at #GalwanValley. All these atrocities must stop and hope we can have a peaceful world where human life is valued. My thoughts are with the bereaved families, I pray for their strength'.
Sakshi Malik: 'Saluting your bravery, Jai Hind..Jai Bharat!Flag of India #GalwanValley @IndINDIANARMY'.