Amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown, former India cricketer Lakshmipathy Balaji on Sunday on Sunday said that he is confident India will successfully fight the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, just like they countered the Tsunami and the Chennai floods. The Tsunami took place in 2004 and the Chennai floods happened in 2015. Also Read - Lockdown Extension: As India's COVID Tally Surges to Nearly 8.5 Lakh, Many Cities Come Under Shutdown | Check State-wise Picture Here
“We are designed to survive. Our ancestors were able to fight diseases. Our parents were able to deal with difficult times. Even we have survived crises, the 2004 Tsunami and the Chennai floods to name a few. People are coming together. Countries are offering help to each other, setting aside the differences,” said Balaji as quoted by India Today. Also Read - Eng vs WI 1st Test: Jermaine Blackwood Stars as Windies Stun Ben Stokes-Led England at Southampton, Twitter Hails Jason Holder-Led Side | SEE POSTS
Urging citizens to inculcate self-discipline, the 38-year-old former cricketer felt if we listen to the doctors and respect time, things will get cured. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown News: Latur City to be Under Fortnight-long 'Strict' Shutdown From Midnight of July 15 | Guidelines Soon
“Respect the time. If you look at how to get through the day, then it’s going to be difficult. You should learn to accept the reality and inculcate self-discipline during these times. Even if we have a mild fever, we listen to the doctor. This is a global health crisis, we have to listen to our health officials. The government is trying to do its job by coming up with good measures. We should be able to follow it,” he added.
Balaji, who made his debut in 2002, retired in 2016. He was a part of the cash-rich Indian Premier League as well. Representing Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, he picked a total of 76 wickets in 73 games.