Top Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, had already posted their condolence messages on Twitter and the entire Indian team on the day wore the arm band as a mark of respect for the departed soul.
This is one of the rare occasions when Indian cricket team wore black armbands for a legend of Olympic sports.
“The Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands in remembrance of Milkha Singhji, who passed away due to Covid-19,” the BCCI media cell posted a message.
#TeamIndia is wearing black armbands in remembrance of Milkha Singhji, who passed away due to COVID-19. 🙏#WTC21
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1624095539000
Earlier, skipper Kohli paid his tribute to the legendary Olympian, who died on Friday.
“A legacy that inspired a whole nation to aim for excellence. To never give up and chase your dreams. Rest in Peace MilkhaSingh ji. You will never be forgotten,” Kohli tweeted.
A legacy that inspired a whole nation to aim for excellence. To never give up and chase your dreams. Rest in Peace… https://t.co/hhYaUwUEkB
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1624088907000
Head coach Shastri, on his part, wrote, “India’s greatest Olympics runner. Shook the world in the 60s with his competitive spirit in spite of the most limited facilities. He took the word determination and will to compete to another level. Respect. God bless your soul. Condolences to JeevMilkhaSingh & family.”
India’s greatest @Olympics runner. Shook the world in 60s with his competitive spirit inspite of the most limited f… https://t.co/ugTvrrYJMN
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 1624064621000