At a time when the country needs leaders from all corners, India cricket ace Ravichandran Ashwin has been playing his role to perfection. A hero in this cricket-obsessed nation, the star off-spinner is doing all he can to create awareness among his fellow compatriots as India fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, to inspire people to stay indoors in order to contain the spread of the virus, Ravichandran Ashwin also changed his Twitter handle to: lets stay indoors India. And on Wednesday, he came up with yet another tweet to create awareness but this time, it was really hilarious.
Ravichandran Ashwin recalled his infamous Mankad dismissal of Jos Buttler during the last IPL to tell others how dangerous it is to not stay indoors. Posting a picture of that incident, Ravichandran Ashwin wrote:
“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!”
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.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, all the major tournaments – international and domestic – have been called off. Earlier this month, all the major cricket nations in the world called off their international and domestic fixtures.
The BCCI suspended the IPL till April 15 in addition to calling off the ODI series against South Africa. The way things are unfolding at the moment, it would not be at all surprising if the IPL 2020 is cancelled altogether. PM Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, announced that India would be under complete lockdown for the next 21 days.
Pakistan Cricket Board had to do the same with the Pakistan Super League just before the knockout stage of the competition. The likes of Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh also did the same with their fixtures. A report now suggests the Test Championship final which was due to be hosted next year could also be rescheduled or cancelled.