‘History repeats itself’ – India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came up with an innovative yet effective way to educate the citizens of the country over the importance of adhering to strict instructions about Coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe. Ashwin used the infamous reference of his ‘Mankad’ moment during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and asked people to stay indoors and stay safe during the 21-day Lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees
On Wednesday, the 33-year-old Ashwin shared a picture of the Mankad incident to remind Indians why they should stay inside the ‘Lakshman Rekh’ to safeguard themselves from getting out. “Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it’s exactly been 1 year since this run out happened. As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens. Don’t wander out. Stay inside, stay safe!” the off-spinner wrote on his post while sharing a picture of the dismissal. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments
It’s a sheer coincidence that exactly a year ago on March 25, 2019, the Mankad moment happened which left the majority of cricket fraternity bemused. Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin dismissed Rajasthan Royals’ batsman Jos Buttler by ‘Mankading’ him. Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months
On sensing that Buttler was backing up too far, Ashwin paused during his follow through and removed the bails from the non-strikers’ end. Buttler was left fuming. The on-field umpire went upstairs and ‘Out’ signal flashed on the big screen.
PM Modi announced in an address to the country a 21-day lockdown starting from Tuesday midnight. He said this is an essential step to fight Coronavirus decisively. He added that saving lives is priority as of now.
“With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are,” said Prime Minister Modi. He added that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it. However, this is a smaller concern.
PM Modi warned, that if the citizens don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.