The novel coronavirus pandemic has reached India, with approximately 110 people in the country affected by it. There have also been two reported deaths because of the virus. At such a stage, everything has come to a standstill in the country. With schools, colleges and many offices shut down, cricket hasn’t been shown any mercy either. In such a crucial time, Rohit Sharma has asked the nation to unite as one.
Sharma is currently nursing an injury he suffered in the recent tour of New Zealand. As he results, he was not included in the three-match ODI series against South Africa. However, that didn’t matter as the series itself was scrapped. The Proteas’ cricketers have been asked to return back, while the Indian Premier League has also been postponed.
Social distancing is one of the major precautionary measures a person can take, and the Indian opener feels the country reduce the spread of the virus by being a little proactive and smart.
He uploaded a video on Twitter, in which he was heard saying “Last few weeks have been tough for all of us and the world has come to a standstill which is very sad to see. The only way we can come to normalcy is by all of us coming together.”
“We can do this by being a little smart, a little proactive, knowing our surroundings and as and when we get any symptoms to inform your nearest medical authorities,” he further added. The batsman also lauded the efforts of medical practitioners for their tireless work.
“It’s because we all want our kids to go to school, we want to go to the malls and we all want to watch movies in the theatres. I appreciate the efforts of all the doctors and the medical staff across the world who have put their lives on risk while taking care of the people who have tested positive with coronavirus. Last, but not the least, my heart goes out for people who have lost their lives and their families. Take care, be safe,” the skipper of Mumbai Indians said.
Stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/2ABy1XUeTP
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 16, 2020
Virat Kohli’s message to the nation
Before the vice-captain of India, the skipper of the Indian team also took to Twitter to send his message to his countrymen. Kohli encouraged everyone to undertake all preventive measures, so as to stop the pandemic.
“Let’s stay strong and fight the COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care, everyone,” he tweeted.