Representing your country is a matter of pride and something all athletes look forward to in their career. As the nation celebrates its 72nd year of Independence, India's sporting icons paid their respects to the country that gave them stardom and fame.
India is known to be a highly patriotic country heavily dependent on their celebrities to spread a positive message. Sachin Tendulkar along with some of India's finest sportsmen have set out to do just that by posting inspirational messages on social media.
The 'God Of Cricket', went on to break several records during his stellar career which spanned for almost 24 years. Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to wish the country on this auspicious occasion by posting a picture with the tricolor and the caption read: "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."
Sunil Chhetri is currently the highest goal-scoring active Asian player with 64 goals from 101 matches, and third-highest in the world. The Indian football skipper took to Twitter to share his sentiments as India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day. "To belong to flag and a people that are free is a privilege we mustn't forget and mustn't lose. Happy Independence Day," Chhetri's tweet read.
Sreejesh PR, the captain of the Indian men's hockey team, along with his team members conveyed their wishes to fellow countrymen as India turned 72. The Indian hockey team are currently in Indonesia gearing up for the upcoming Asian Games 2018, where they expressed their joy of representing the country in a Twitter video.
Yogeshwar Dutt, India's Olympic medalist, acknowledged the unsung heroes at the country's border on Independence day. The Padma Shri awardee's tweet translates into: "Lucky is the blood that comes to work in the country, let's bend and salute them in part. Good luck to all my countrymen of Independence Day. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat."
Here's how other sportspersons conveyed their joy to mark this occasion:
In his fifth Independence address from the from the ramparts of Delhi's Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the various developmental implementations that the government has initiated on the economic front.
He hailed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016 as a success which could not be implemented before 2014. Additionally, the Prime Minister also mentioned the 2016 amendment to the Benami Property Transaction act of 1988.