Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday paid tributes to the Indian Army soldiers, who were martyred in a violent face-off with the Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh.
Virat Kohli took to Twitter and wrote: "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."
The violent face-off took place on late evening and night of June 15 in Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The face-off was an outcome of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army stated that the situation could have been avoided. Likewise, Irfan Pathan said in a tweet: "We will always be indebted to our jawans of Indian Army who lost their lives in Galwan Valley."
Likewise, Shikhar Dhawan wrote: "A sacrifice that will never be forgotten by the nation. Heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the Indian Army officer and the two soldiers. Saluting your bravery, Jai Hind! Galwan Valley."
"Salute to our REAL HEROES who laid their lives protecting and honouring our border. May god give their families utmost strength," Rohit Sharma said in a tweet.
"India is saddened by the loss of twenty brave soldiers and their CO who led from the front.RIP Brothers! Clapping hands signClapping hands sign. Time for the whole country to come together as one. This will not be forgotten," Suresh Raina tweeted.