India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday and cricketers up and down the country have taken to social networking sites to wish the nation.
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For all Indians Independence Day is a day to remember the people who fought the Britishers and gave up their lives to free the countrymen from the clutches of the foreigners. India’s freedom struggle was a hard-fought one and is celebrated every year with great pomp and grandeur to commemorate the special day.
Parades are held in all state capitals and district headquarters to celebrate Independence Day. Indians across the country also hoist the tricolour to mark the day. On Independence Day, the Prime Minister greets the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
And as the country celebrates another year of Independence, the cricketers took to Twitter to wish the nation.
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar led the way, tweeting:
“Everything in life is hard-earned. Just like our independence. Among countless other things, there would have been no ‘Team India’ if not for the sacrifice of our brave freedom fighters. Let us not take that freedom for granted. #HappyIndependenceDay.”
Everything in life is hard-earned. Just like our independence. Among countless other things, there would have been no ‘Team India’ if not for the sacrifice of our brave freedom fighters. Let us not take that freedom for granted. #HappyIndependenceDay 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/RYrveJ9P7y
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2018
Other cricketers, past and present, soon followed suit.
“Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind,” wrote Kumble.
Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind!🇮🇳
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 15, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2018
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 15, 2018
Happy Independence Day to everyone friends. More than a billion individuals yet the same identity “INDIA”. Proud Indian. Jai hind #HappyIndependenceDay
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) August 15, 2018
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 15, 2018
Saare Jahaan Se Accha Hindustaan Hamaara Ham Bulbulain Hai Is Ki, Yeh Gulsitaan Hamaara Yeh .Independence Day everyone. Jai Hind !🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/6AJeV2PC0n
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) August 15, 2018
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) August 15, 2018
We are free, we are independent,
It’s the sacrifices of our hero’s which made us ascendant.
Those sacrfices are not to forget, not to abet,
I urge each Indian to pay their debt with humanity, hard work & sweat.
Salute to my immortal India 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 15, 2018
Mera Bharat Mahan! Let’s cherish our freedom and hold a special place in our hearts for those who laid their lives down for us to see this day. Jai hind 🇮🇳 #HappyIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/rmT958DqlA
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 15, 2018
Freedom we enjoy today is hard earned. Let’s not waste the sacrifices of our jawans and forefathers. Strive to make for a better India by doing whatever little we can by educating ourselves and our future generations about humanity and patriotism. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/xKQe2aR59H
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 15, 2018
Pollution के धुएँ के पीछे से, corruption के बोझ के नीचे से, lynching और rape की चीख़ों के बीच से…तीन रंग एक बार फिर झाँक रहे हैं। शायद हमें कुछ याद दिला रहे हैं, शायद कुछ उम्मीद दे रहे हैं। स्वतंत्रता एक ज़िम्मेवारी है। #IndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/fuMgfrYGYB
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 15, 2018
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) August 15, 2018
Independence is a duty, duty towards the nation. As citizens of this proud country let's make our best contribution and add to its glory. Happy Independence Day. #ProudIndian pic.twitter.com/GDzK7ZX625
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) August 15, 2018
A grand salute to our freedom fighters and martyrs for all their sacrifices. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
May the Indian flag always fly high! 🇮🇳 Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/V7JDL3o87i
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 15, 2018
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) August 15, 2018
कुछ नशा तिरंगे की आन का है,
कुछ नशा मातृभूमि की शान का है,
हम लहरायेंगे हर जगह ये तिरंगा,
नशा ये हिन्दुस्तां के सम्मान का है।
स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं !#IndependenceDayIndia #HappyIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/oFTAHMsYsX
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 15, 2018
स्वतंत्रता दिवस के शुभ अवसर पर सभी भारतवासियों को शुभकामनाएं। जय हिंद। 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/R8aQzk9gRX
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) August 15, 2018
There were wishes from cricketers of other countries:
Shahid Afridi led the wishes from the other side of the border, tweeting:
“Happy Independence Day to #India, our neighbors across the border. I sincerely hope that from this year onwards, both Pakistan and India work towards resolving their issues for a better, peaceful and prosperous region where India Pak cricket matches can also be frequently held.”
Happy Independence Day to #India, our neighbors across the border. I sincerely hope that from this year onwards, both Pakistan and India work towards resolving their issues for a better, peaceful and prosperous region where India Pak cricket matches can also be frequently held.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 15, 2018
India continues to grow as a nation. There is an incredible pride for national sportsmen and women. I just hope that pride and respect for women continues to emanate through local communities. #happyindependenceday
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 15, 2018
Happy Independence Day India 🇮🇳
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) August 15, 2018