At a time when cricketers around the country are busy fighting the deadly coronavirus pandemic by donating money and raising awareness, out-of-favour India allrounder Rishi Dhawan has set a bad example by violating the lockdown rules.
The entire nation is currently under a mandatory 21-day lockdown in order to combat the pandemic. Majority of the people have reacted brilliantly to the lockdown but there have been few exceptions and Rishi Dhawan has turned out to be one of them.
He violated the rule in his state Himachal Pradesh and was consequently fined for breaking the rules. As per a report in The Times of India, Dhawan was driving his private car when he was stopped by police. Although the cricketer came out during the relaxation period (between 10 AM to 1 PM), he didn’t have the vehicle pass. He was fined Rs 500 and paid the amount on the spot.
Rishi Dhawan represented India in three ODIs and one T20I in 2016. He continues to play domestic cricket for Himachal Pradesh but has fallen down in the pecking order for selection in the national team. With the emergence of allrounders like Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube and Vijay Shankar, he is unlikely to get a recall any time soon.
Meanwhile, cricket action all around the world is currently suspended. Last month, the BCCI called-off the home ODI series against South Africa and also suspended the IPL till April 15 in the wake of the outbreak. The league was scheduled to start on March 29.
As of now, there is little clarity over when will the league start. Several reports have also suggested that the IPL could be called off altogether this year. The likes of New Zealand, Australia, England and other countries have also suspended their international and domestic fixtures.