Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were among the many Indian cricketers who paid their tributes to the Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat. On Wednesday (December 8), General Rawat, his wife, and 11 others were killed in an Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper crash. The unfortunate turn of events unfolded near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.
After hearing the tragic news, several former and present Indian cricketers took to social media to pay tribute to General Rawat and other people who were killed in the crash. India’s Test skipper Kohli tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of CDS Bipin Rawat ji and other officials in a tragic helicopter crash. My deepest condolences to the friends & family members.”
India’s limited-overs captain Rohit Sharma also felt extremely sad by the passing away of General Rawat. “Extremely tragic… My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of CDS General Bipin Rawat and the 11 army personnel. We will always be grateful for your service towards our nation,” he tweeted.
Ravi Shastri, Mithali Raj, Suryakumar Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, and Jhulan Goswami also extended their condolences.
Saddened on hearing the news of the unfortunate demise of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife & 11 other Armed Forces personnel.
His death is an irreparable loss to our Armed Forces and the country.
My heartfelt condolences to all the families in this time of grief.
Om Shanti! 🙏🏼
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) December 8, 2021
Extremely saddened by the news of the passing away of General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and Armed Forces Personnel in the tragic helicopter crash.
My thoughts are with their families and loved ones🇮🇳🙏 pic.twitter.com/cYKupIXg5s
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 8, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 8, 2021
Deeply saddened about the passing away of CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife Mrs. Madhulika Rawat and other brave soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces. My prayers go out to their families and friends. We stand united in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.🙏
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) December 8, 2021
My deepest condolences
May their soul Rest In Peace…Om Shanti🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/kRGu2HbbLg
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) December 8, 2021
Gp Capt Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 8, 2021
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 8, 2021