On the second day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand on Saturday, the Indian cricket team wore black arm-bands in memory of 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh, who died after a month-long battle with COVID-19.
Top Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, had already posted their condolence messages on social media. The entire Indian team, before the start of play, wore the armband to honour Milkha Singh.
This is one of the rare occasions when the Indian cricket team wore black armbands for a legend of Olympic sports, news agency PTI reported.
"The Indian Cricket Team is wearing black armbands in remembrance of Milkha Singhji, who passed away due to COVID-19," the BCCI media cell posted a message.
Earlier, skipper Kohli paid his tribute to the legendary Olympian, who died on Friday.
"A legacy that inspired a whole nation to aim for excellence. To never give up and chase your dreams. Rest in Peace MilkhaSingh ji. You will never be forgotten," Kohli tweeted.
Head coach Shastri, on his part, wrote, "India's greatest Olympics runner. Shook the world in 60s with his competitive spirit inspite of the most limited facilities. He took the word determination and will to compete to another level. Respect. God bless your soul. Condolences to JeevMilkhaSingh & family."