The cricketing fraternity joined forces with the rest of the world in grieving NBA legend Kobe Brayant’s unfortunate demise with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and West Indies legend Vivian Richards rendering their condolences.
Kobe Brayant, alson with his teenage daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. He was 42-years-old and was considered as one of the greatest of all time in the history of the game.
“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,” Kohli wrote on his instagram page.
Richards on his part stated: “A true legend of the sporting world! Rest In Peace dear Kobe and his daughter. May the family have immense strength to overcome this sad time.” Australian spin great Shane Warne was “stunned” by the tragedy.
“Like everyone, I’m stunned, shocked and saddened to hear the horrific news about Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter who died in a helicopter crash. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this extremely sad time!”
Others who expressed their sorrow included Ravichandran Ashwin and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.