83-year-old Kalam, who served as India's 11th President from 2002 to 2007, collapsed while delivering a lecture to the students at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, Meghalaya, on Monday evening. He was admitted to a private hospital in critical condition.
Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Bishan Singh Bedi and the entire cricket fraternity was in shock after hearing the sad news of Kalam's demise. They took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to mourn the sudden loss.
Tendulkar said Kalam was "an inspiration to all and a terrific human being". Bedi called Kalam as India's "greatest President".
India's Test captain Virat Kohli described Kalam as "role model for so many, a visionary leader and a person with an indomitable spirit."
Here are some of the tributes to Kalam, from cricketers
The nation mourns the loss of a great person (1/2)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 27, 2015
Former President of India, a renowned scientist, an inspiration to all, a terrific human being...RIP Dr. Abdul Kalam (2/2)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 27, 2015
A role model for so many, a visionary leader and a person with an indomitable spirit, RIP APJ Abdul Kalam Sir.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 27, 2015
A humble man with humble beginnings went on to be the most inspirational visionary of India, RIP APJ Abdul Kalam Sir.— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 27, 2015
A huge loss for the nation, you were a source of inspiration to millions of countrymen #RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 27, 2015
Arguably India's Greatest President APJ Abdul Kalam moves on ever so quietly..just the way he lived,with utmost Simplicity & Humility!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) July 27, 2015
'APJ' had childlike curiosity 2 learn!'What makes a good spinner?'He'd asked me once.'Hard work & more hard work' I responded.'Is that all?'— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) July 27, 2015
Very sad day for http://t.co/UQfyBw1vxg Dr.Kalam.The nation will always remember you for launching the Rohini.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 27, 2015
As a country the best gift we can give Mr.kalams soul,is to make his India 2020 vision a reality.Thank you for being a selfless soul sir.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 27, 2015
RIP Dr.Abdul Kalam who passed away while doing what he loved the most,speaking 2 students& imparting knowledge 2 the young. #leader— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 27, 2015
Dr.Kalam was not only a gr8 President but a visionary who inspired the entire country.1 of the most humble person I met.We will miss u sir.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 27, 2015
Very sad day for india...deeply Saddened hearing the news at the sudden demise of Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam .surly the real Ratna— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) July 27, 2015
Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 27, 2015
RIP Dr. Abdul Kalam sir. You have been a great inspiration for our nation. It's an immense lose of a great individual. You will be missed 💐— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) July 27, 2015