Indian cricketers led by captain Virat Kohli paid their tribute to doctors on National Doctors Day, at a time when many of them are working as frontline warriors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not just today but everyday we should celebrate the spirit of our doctors and health care workers. Thank you for your commitment towards helping so many people. I salute your spirit and dedication,” Kohli said in a tweet on Wednesday.

“We all know the sacrifices & courage our Doctors have shown in these difficult times.Words can’t describe what their efforts mean to us. I just want to wish them the best. A humble request to all citizens to adhere to their protocols & make it easier for them,” said India’s white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya thanked doctors for helping him recover from his injuries, with a video of him walking slowly with the help of a medical person.

“Thankful to all the doctors who’ve personally helped me recover from the injuries that come with being a professional athlete. Owe a lot to everyone that helps keep us in top shape,” Hardik said along with the video on Twitter.

“Happy #NationalDoctorsDay With everything going on, It’s an appreciation post to EVERY SINGLE PERSON in healthcare, sacrificing their health to save ours. To our doctors, trainers working tirelessly to help us get thru any challenge! This year, we are grateful now more than ever,” veteran India batsman Suresh Raina said in a tweet.

Hardik’s elder brother Krunal also showed his respect for doctors. “Grateful to Dr. Pardiwala and all the other doctors that have helped me recover from my injuries throughout my career. A special mention to all the medical professionals battling the pandemic that we”re fighting. You are the true heroes,” Krunal tweeted.

(With agency inputs)