New Delhi: With growing cases of novel coronavirus in India, former India batsman Virender Sehwag joined the bandwagon of people on social media who are requesting and urging people to stay at home and practice social distancing. The 41-year-old tweeted the picture of the back of an Indian truck with a message “Keep Distance OK”. He said in the tweet, “Truck ka paalan kijiye. Please follow this. #Covid_19.”
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 22, 2020
This is not the first time that the former cricketer has used social media platform to start a conversation about COVID-19. Earlier, he had shared a video of a song that is apt for these times of social distancing. Virender Sehwag tweeted a video of the song Door Door Se from the 1952 movie Saqi and said, “Apt In times like these. Door se.” He added the hashtag #SocialDistancing to complete his tweet.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 18, 2020
Earlier, the former cricketer has also put out a tweet urging people not to take this situation or coronavirus-like symptoms lightly. He had said, “I humbly request anyone who has symptoms or has been tested positive to please not put anyone else at risk. This will be a great Seva. Please be responsible, and with everyone’s sensitivity and support, this too shall pass smoothly soon. #CoronavirusOutbreak.”
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted lockdowns and curfews in most states across the country. On March 24, India crossed the dreaded 500-mark for novel coronavirus cases and has reported 10 deaths. Worldwide, more than 3 lakh people have been reported infected and the death count has crossed 16,500.
The cricket calendar, like the rest of sports, has come to a virtual standstill with South Africa’s tour of India, New Zealand’s tour of Australia and England’s tour of Sri Lanka being among the international series that have been postponed. The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League which was slated for a March 29 start has been deferred until April 15.