Indian cricket team’s two stalwarts – captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma on Sunday urged the people of the country to express solidarity to frontline warriors battling against Coronavirus pandemic by lighting candles, Diyas or lamps tonight at 9 pm on the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - PM Modi to Interact With Fitness Influencers to Celebrate One Year of 'Fit India Movement' on Thursday
Both Kohli and Rohit shared a special message on their respective social media handles, requesting the citizens to stand united as ‘one’ force against the deadly virus which has so far infected more than 3500 people in the country and claimed 99 lives. Also Read - PM Modi to Stock of COVID-19 Situation, Chair High-Level Meeting With CMs of 7 Worst-hit States Today
“The power of the stadium is in its fans. The spirit of India is in its people. Tonight at 9 pm for 9 min. Let’s show the world, we stand as ONE. Let’s show our Health Warriors, We stand behind them. Team India – IGNITED,” Kohli wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
Rohit asked his fans and citizens of the country to not let their guard down in fight against COVID-19 and join the great India team huddle by lighting candles at 9 PM for 9 minutes.
“Team India, we cant get this prescription wrong. Our life depends on winning this test match. Show your solidarity, join us in “The Great Team India Huddle” today 5th April 9pm for 9min. Light to Fight. Are you with me?” Rohit tweeted from his handle.
Earlier, in a video message, the Prime Minister had asked citizens to turn all lights off in their houses at 9 pm on Sunday (April 5) and to stand at their doors or windows with a candle, Diya for 9 minutes to show their gratitude towards the people fighting battle against the COVID-19.
PM Modi on Friday spoke to 49 sports personalities that included the likes of BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Indian cricket captain Kohli, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, badminton world champion PV Sindhu and chess master Viswanathan Anand as he urged them to keep spreading awareness as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, India batsman KL Rahul and fit-again allrounder Hardik Pandya also voiced their support to PM Modi’s appeal to Indians to light candles, torches or phone flashes.