New Delhi: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen expressed his gratitude towards India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his greetings on India's 73rd Republic Day.
Taking to his Twitter, Pietersen wrote, "Dear, Mr @narendramodi, Thanks for the incredibly kind words in your letter to me. Ever since stepping foot in India in 2003, I've grown more in love with your country on every visit. I was recently asked, 'what do you most like about India' & my answer was easy – THE PEOPLE."
"Happy Republic Day to all Indians for a couple days ago. A proud country & a powerhouse globally! I look forward to meeting you in person soon, to thank you for how India is a global leader in protecting its wildlife! My best wishes!" said in another tweet.
Pietersen's tweets were a response to PM Modi's letter of appreciation, in which he had thanked the former skipper for his affections towards India.
Pietersen's remarks came a day after PM Modi also wrote a letter to the former South Africa batter, Jonty Rhodes, thanking him for his profound connection with the Indian culture.
Last week, in reply to a tweet from Organiser Weekly which reported that only one rhino was killed in Kaziranga National Park by poachers in 2021, making it the lowest number in the last 21 years, Pietersen has applauded the PM Narendra Modi-led Central government. Taking to Twitter, the 41-year-old hailed PM Modi and paid his respects to those involved in the job of protecting these animals. "Bravo, @narendramodi and bravo to all the men and women who sacrifice their lives in protecting the animals in India too. I’ve met lots of them and I respect you immensely!," Pietersen wrote in his tweet.
India celebrated their 73rd Republic Day on January 26, where a Parade showcased India's military might and cultural diversity and many unique initiatives were included to mark the celebration of the 75th year of Independence as part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' (With inputs from ANI)