Kanpur, Sep 19: In the wake of ghastly terrorist strike in Uri, in which 17 soldiers were martyred and several others were injured, India's Test skipper Virat Kohli paid an emotional tribute to the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
Kohli, who is in Kanpur to prepare for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand which starting Sep 22, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to pay his tribute.
"This picture fills me with emotions I can't explain. To all the brave hearts, Jai Hind #UriAttack #Kashmir," he tweeted. [Who was Jaish-e-Mohammad's mole in Uri?]
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also took to Twitter to salute the brave hearts and their family members. [Can India carry out covert operations in Pakistan?]
17 lives.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 19, 2016
They had a family,they had a son,they had a daughter.
They were serving our motherland.
Pains to see this. pic.twitter.com/65WeRRhgI5
Very very heartbroken to hear about #UriAttack— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 18, 2016
They are not Rebels,they are Terrorists.
Terrorism must be answered appropriately
Several other athletes and celebrities saluted the martyred soldiers and condemned the ghastly terror attack. [Uri attack: India's response to Pakistan to be discussed today]
गद्दारों के महल बन गए .. मुंह ढँककर सियासत सोती रही।— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) September 18, 2016
उन्होंने शहीद कहकर फुसला लिया .. बेवा मुआवजे को रोती रही।#UriAttack
The armed forces put up a brave fight and killed 4 terrorists who launched the attack. However, for the army the casualties were higher due to the tents catching fire.
Team India will be playing the first of the three-match series against New Zealand. The Kanpur Test will also be India's 500th international Test match.