New Delhi: India cricket team captain Virat Kohli paid rich tribute to Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who passed away in Mumbai today (April 29).

Kohli took to his Twitter account to praise the Angrezi Medium actor as “phenomenal talent”. He also hailed the Piku star’s versatility.

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“Saddened to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. What a phenomenal talent and dearly touched everyone's heart with his versatility. May god give peace to his soul,” Kohli wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday (April 29).

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The 31-year-old Kohli and several other cricketers including batting legend Sachin Tendulkar paid tributes to Irrfan, who breathed his last at the age of 53.

Irrfan, who was a National Award winner, was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital recently with colon infection. This was three days after he lost his 95-year-old mother.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him (Irrfan) passing away,” the Life of Pi actor’s PR team said in a media statement.

“Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it. Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, ‘As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it’,” it added.