Virat Kohli and and Yuvraj Singh paid their respects to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Galwan valley in Ladakh after a face-off with the Chinese army on Monday night.
In the worst clash between Indian Army and Chinese soldiers in over five decades, India lost 20 of its soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley region on Monday night. The Chinese side has also suffered heavy casualties of over 40 soldiers.
An Indian government source said the troops had fought with iron rods and stones but no shots were fired.
Reactions started pouring in on social media as news of the violent scuffle, that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, broke. The bloody clash which has soared the ongoing tension between India and China has left many in shock.
“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 tweeted.
Yuvraj Singh also took to social media to salute the brave Indian soldiers.
“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,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma also condoled the death of the Indian soldiers.
“Salute to our REAL HEROES who laid their lives protecting and honouring our border. May god give their families utmost strength #GalwanValley,” Rohit tweeted.
The deaths were the first since the last major border clash in 1967 between the nuclear-armed neighbours – also the world’s two most populous countries – which have been unable to settle the dispute along their lengthy frontier.