Rhodes, a former Mumbai Indians coach who resides in the country for much of the year, has a daughter named “India”. Gayle was a big hit among cricket fans for his exploits in the IPL.

As India celebrates its 73rd Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to famous cricketers Jonty Rhodes and Chris Gayle acknowledging their “deep connection” with the country.

While South African Rhodes, a former Mumbai Indians coach who resides in the country for much of the year, has a daughter named ‘India’, West Indian swashbuckler Gayle has been a big hit among cricket fans for his exploits in the IPL. .

Modi, in his letter to Rhodes, wrote, “I would like to convey my greetings to you on Republic Day.” “Over the years you have developed a deep connection with India and its culture. It is truly reflected when you named your daughter after this great nation. You are truly a special ambassador for the strong relationship between our nations” , the letter Rhodes shared on his social media page said.

“India is witnessing a series of historic socio-economic transformations. I am confident that these will empower lives and contribute to the global fund.” Rhodes and Gayle thanked the Indian Prime Minister for his gesture.

“Thank you narendramodiji for the very kind words. I have indeed grown so much as an individual with each visit to India. My whole family celebrates Republic Day with all of India, honoring the importance of a Constitution which protects the rights of the Indian JaiHind people,” Rhodes tweeted.

Jamaican Gayle, who represents the West Indies in international cricket, also spoke of his special bond with the Indian public.

“I would like to congratulate India on its 73rd Republic Day. I woke up to a personal message from Prime Minister Modi reaffirming my close personal ties with him and the people of India. Congratulations from the Boss Universe and nuff (sic ) love,” Gayke tweeted.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) of Indian Cricket Council has been a game changer in the sport and every season cricketers around the world rush to compete in the money rich league that has changed lives for the better.

The likes of Gayle, David Warner, AB de Villiers have all been revered and loved by cricket fans in India.