The Indian cricket team condoled the death of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died at the age of 93 in New Delhi on Thursday.
Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 and passed away on August 16 at 5.05 PM, according to a statement issued by AIIMS. For the past 36 hours, Atalji’s condition was declining. Several political leaders were visiting him in the hospital since yesterday.
The former Prime Minister was being treated for kidney infection, chest congestion, urinary tract infection and low urine output.
After Vajpayee’s death was announced, the BCCI tweeted to offer their condolences on behalf of the Indian cricket team. Indian team is in England and will be playing their 3rd Test on Saturday.
Besides, cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan also tweeted to pay their respects.
A sombre day for us as we mourn the loss of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and Legendary Indian Captain Ajit Wadekar sir. May your souls rest in peace. India and its millions will always remember you fondly. 🙏🏻
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 16, 2018
The Indian Cricket Team and BCCI condoles the sad demise of former India Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atalji dedicated his life in service of the nation.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2018
Asaman ko choo gaya, jo asmaan sa vishal tha, dharti mein simat gaya, jo mitti jaisa narm tha.
Kaun hai jo Atal reh paya zindagi bhar, Atal banke wo zindagi ko paa gaya.
Om Shanti #AtalBihariVajpayee ji 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/56Xi1sqzEf
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 16, 2018
India is at a great loss today. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee ji’s contributions to our nation have been innumerable. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 16, 2018
Leaders live exemplary life to make our world better & that’s what #AtalBihariVajpayee ji did for India. Most of us grew up in his remarkable leadership and saw our country shaping up in a super power! It’s end of an Era & a moment of extreme grief! #RIP #AtalBihariVajpayee pic.twitter.com/K1imIcfm9I
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 16, 2018
One of India's Most Loved Prime Minister, a great poet and a wonderful statesman. We as a nation will miss you sir #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji 🙏🏼 Deepest condolences to admirers and loved ones . pic.twitter.com/BPQRUD8nLG
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 16, 2018
My deepest condolences on the passing of our former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause. May his soul rest in peace.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 16, 2018
Not turning out to be a great week for India, as we lost another great leader RIP Shri #AtalBihariVaajpayee.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 16, 2018
It's been a sad week, the demise of one of India's finest leaders "Mr. Vajpayee" is heartbreaking. #RIPVajpayee
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 16, 2018
A man of class and dignity. Always put India first. #AtalBihariVajpayee
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 16, 2018
Bharat loses its gleaming Ratna…An amazing soul .. may his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/Vxq4b2MW9O
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 16, 2018
— Cricket Toast (@CricketToast) August 16, 2018
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji served as India’s Prime Minister three times. During his tenure as PM, he had ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power.
Vajpayee Ji was a great admirer of sport, especially cricket. He always pushed every child to be a sportsperson and always keep the sportsmanspiriit alive in them.
We wish that his soul always rest in peace.