Ravi Shastri with Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli hoisting the national flag (Pic Credit: BCCI)

The Virat Kohli-led India marked the 72nd Independence Day by hoisting the tricolour outside their hotel in London on Wednesday. India and England are currently involved in a five-match Test series which the hosts lead 2-0.

Ravi Shastri with Virat Kohli

In a video posted on the official Twitter handle of BCCI, captain Kohli shared a message wishing everyone on the occasion. “On behalf of the Indian cricket team all the way from UK, here’s wishing everyone a happy Independence Day. Jai Hind,” Kohli said.

Few from the squad also posted pictures of the celebration on their Twitter handle.

Jasprit Bumrah, who is in line to play the third Test, wrote, “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better”. Wishing you all a very #HappyIndependenceDay”

Left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav wished for the tricolour to always fly high. “It’s a great feeling to be an Indian. May the tricolour always fly high. Happy Independence Day. Jai hind!” he posted.

Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is yet to play in the ongoing Test series also posted a picture of him standing next to the flag.

On its official website, BCCI posted a short video of the team members hoisting the tricolour.

Indian cricket team

The squad left for Nottingham where they will begin their preparation for the third Test which starts from August 18 at Trent Bridge.

India are aiming for a comeback in the series after being humbled in the opening two matches. They lost a close contest at Edgbaston but their vulnerability to swing and seaming conditions was thoroughly exposed at the Lord’s with England completing a massive innings and 159-run win inside three days.