Pallekele: A day after sealing the Test series against Sri Lanka 3-0, Team India captain Virat Kohli celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day by hoisting the Indian flag in Kandy.
The entire Indian cricket team was present during the ceremony, as the Men in Blue took some time off from cricket after a successful series. Kohli spoke on the importance of the Independence Day in the country.
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“Independence Day, obviously, is the most important day in the history of our country, any country if you ask anyone. But especially in India in the way it is always celebrated. So much happening around it”.
He also added what the auspicious occasion meant to him personally. “It holds a lot of significance and for me it is even more special because it was my father’s birthday on the same day so it used to be all the more special to be able to celebrate both the occasions together.
So, I have a lot of fond memories of the Independence Day.
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It is a day when all Indians, including myself, feel a lot of pride of what we have achieved as a nation since that very day in 1947 and where we stand today. It makes us very proud,” the 28-year-old said.
Some of the Indian cricketers also joined in wishing the nation a happy Independence Day.
Virat Kohli and co are currently in Sri Lanka, where they have just sealed the Test series 3-0 after an innings win against the Islanders on Monday.
The series was completely dominated by the Men in Blue, thanks to a consistent performance by the top order batsman, including Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who snapped up centuries during the series. Hardik Pandya, too, had a debut series to celebrate, as he clinched his debut half century, as well as his debut ton during the course of the series.
The Men in Blue will now head to Dambulla where they will play the first of the five ODIs against the hosts on August 20. While the ODI series conclude on September 3, the one-off T20 between the two sides will be played on September 6.