Amidst the euphoria of India’s 197-run triumph over New Zealand, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli took a moment to express his sympathies with the families of the martyred jawans who were killed in the recent terror attack in Uri.
After India’s victory in the first Test, which gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, Kohli was asked about about the terror attacks in the state of Jammur and Kashmir where the violence continues.
The Indian army camp in Uri was attacked by four terrorists on September 18th who opened fire before they were gunned down. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it was described as one of the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir since the turn of the millennium.
At the time when the Kashmir Valley was at a state of unrest, the terrorists ambushed the Indian Army headquarters and the exact number of soldiers killed is still not available.
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Kohli described the incident as “very disturbing” and admitted that he is deeply hurt by the loss of lives. The Indian Test captain said: “What is going on is disturbing and I cannot even imagine what is going through the minds of the families.”
He also added that he can only react and cannot offer a solution as he is “not operating at that level”.
“As an Indian it hurts, it hurts every Indian to hear of these incidents regularly and I can only pay my condolences to the families of our jawans who suffered in these incidents.” he continued.
He had earlier also tweeted about the issue earlier.
Four days after the attack in Uri, India began their 13-Test home summer with the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India put on 318 in their first innings thanks to fifties from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara who added a century partnership for the second wicket.
In response, New Zealand put on another century partnership for the second wicket between Kane Williamson and Tom Latham but a middle-order collapse meant they conceded a 56-run lead. The hosts took advantage of that as they set a target of 434 on the back of another pair of fifties from Vijay and Pujara.
Despite a valiant effort from Mitchell Santner and Luke Ronchi, Blackcaps fell well short as they were bowled out for 236 and lost the match by 197 runs.