NEW DELHI: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes wished India a happy 73rd Republic Day and said they had received a "special message" from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Gayle stated on Twitter, where he also stated that the message was about his "deep personal links" with the people of India.
Rhodes, attaching the letter in his tweet, wrote that his family celebrates Republic Day with 'all of India
PM Modi emphasized the significance of this year's Republic Day in his letter and expressed his hope that Rhodes will 'continue to engage closely with the country.
"This year's 26th January is more special because it falls on the 75th anniversary of India's independence from colonial rule. As a result, I decided to write to you and a few other Indian friends, expressing my gratitude for your support for India and expressing my hope that you will continue to work closely with our country and people," wrote the Prime Minister.
PM Modi also welcomed Rhodes' decision to name his daughter India.
When you named your daughter after this magnificent country, it clearly expressed your special bond. "You are truly a special ambassador of our countries' strong ties," PM Modi wrote.