Indian team hoists tri-colour on Independence Day

Virat Kohli also reserved a video message on Twitter for Indians back home.

Virat Kohli (right) on Monday oversaw India’s 3-0 cleansweep of Sri Lanka.   -  AP

The Indian team celebrated Independence Day here with captain Virat Kohli hoisting the tricolour in the presence of the entire squad.

“I want to wish you all a very Happy Independence Day. My heart is filled with the pride of being an Indian everyday. But this particular day enhances this feeling to an altogether different level,” Kohli said in a video message on Twitter.

 

“It’s also a special day for me for more than one reason. It’s also my father’s birthday so this day always used to be very special for me and my family,” he said.

On this occasion, Kohli also remembered how he used to celebrate Independence Day with his friends and family when he was a child. “My fondest memories of this particular day are of course flying kites with friends and family when I was a kid in Delhi. I really enjoyed the day seeing the Indian flag wave everywhere you look,” he said. “So really enjoy the day, feel your heart with the pride of being an Indian and always keep that feeling alive. Jai Hind,” Kohli added.

The 15-member Indian squad alongside the support staff were in attendance as Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri stepped ahead and unfurled the national flag. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the national anthem.