Yesterday marked a tragic event in the world of sport as former Los Angeles Lakers superstar and American Basketball icon Kobe Bryant passed away after an unfortunate helicopter crash. Along with 8 other occupants on board, including Kobe’s daughter Gianna Bryant, the helicopter crashed in Orange Country, California. As the world mourns, the Indian cricket community took it to Twitter to express their lamentation.
The country’s cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar tweeted a photo of Kobe and his daughter Gigi with a grieving caption.
Saddened to hear about the tragic demise of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna & others on-board the helicopter.
My condolences to his family, friends and fans across the world. #KobeBryant pic.twitter.com/N8B4Tcr4KU
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 27, 2020
Opener Shikhar Dhawan expressed his mind.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 27, 2020
Team India skipper Virat Kohli and the stormy opener Rohit Sharma expressed their sympathies on Instagram.
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Absolutely devastated to hear this news today. So many childhood memories of waking up early and watching this magician doing things on the court that I would be mesmerized by. Life is so unpredictable and fickle. His daughter Gianna passed away too in the crash. Iam absolutely Heartbroken. Rest in peace. Strength and condolences to the family 🙏
Former Men in Blues superstar Virender Sehwag posted his tweet with a heartwarming picture of a young Gianna with her father.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 27, 2020
It was a saddening start of the day for the energetic Harbhajan Singh.
A very sad news to wake up Legend Kobe Bryant dies in California #RIPKobeByrant 🙏🙏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 27, 2020
The present centre of the supporters’ attention KL Rahul followed up with a post.
A sporting icon! You will be missed legend. May you and Gianna rest in peace 💔 pic.twitter.com/9WMcs2ANsT
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) January 27, 2020
Next was Rishabh Pant, who tweeted a photo of Kobe donning the LA Lakers jersey along with the text “Gone way too soon. RIP you legend 💔“
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) January 27, 2020
The stunning Jasprit Bumrah tweeted a picture of Kobe and one of his most famous quotes: “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 27, 2020
Mayank Agarwal posted an in game Kobe with another renowned quote from the NBA star: “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) January 27, 2020
Suresh Raina lamented on his Twitter handle.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 27, 2020
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma tweeted his sympathy for the Kobe family, along with a wholesome photo of the father and daughter.
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) January 27, 2020
The team’s head coach Ravi Shastri also made a tweet.
Absolutely devastated by the tragic news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans across the globe #KobeBryantRIP #KobeForever #Kobe pic.twitter.com/gPQcfDehUl
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 27, 2020
India’s red ball cricket star Ajinkya Rahane tweeted an amazing picture of Kobe.
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) January 27, 2020
The brilliant in form Shreyas Iyer showed his condolences to all the victims to lost their lives in the mishap.
Rest in peace Kobe and his daughter and also the victims of the helicopter crash. Devastated 💔 pic.twitter.com/6vno0IZ3uK
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) January 27, 2020
The prominent all rounder Hardik Pandya tweeted his grief.
A true sporting icon. RIP Kobe, Gianna and all the victims of helicopter crash. pic.twitter.com/gAySYREnLU
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 27, 2020
Former Indian opener VVS Laxman worded in his consolation.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bryant Family and others involved in the tragedy. Kobe was an icon and an inspiration for many athletes. His unfortunate passing is a loss to world sports. #RIPMamba pic.twitter.com/4nbSBbhW46
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 27, 2020
The official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians honoured Kobe with a tweet.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 27, 2020
Famous commentator Harsha Bhogle conveyed his sorrow on the tragedy, while lamenting on the internal conflict amongst the population.
#KobeBryant is dead at 41. Such a full life but such a short one. And we waste the time we have in fighting with each other.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 27, 2020