In a heartwarming gesture, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has decided not to celebrate his 47th birthday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former India batsman will turn 47 on Friday. However, he has decided against celebrating the special day this year as a mark of respect to the frontline workers leading India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The situation in India is alarming at the moment. As of now, there are more than 15,000 active cases while more than 600 people have already succumbed to the deadly pandemic. And with everything looking gloomy at the moment, Sachin Tendulkar has decided to keep the celebrations away this year.
“Sachin has decided that this is not the time for celebrations. He feels that this is the best tribute he can pay to all the doctors, nurses, paramedics, policemen, defence personnel, who are at the frontline,” a source close to the player told PTI.
The batting legend has also been playing his part in the fight. In addition to raising awareness among the mass, Sachin Tendulkar has already contributed a total of Rs 50 lakh to the CM Relief fund. He is also involved with several other relief work initiatives.
“He has always been very uncomfortable talking about this aspect,” the source said.
Meanwhile, cricket all around the world is completely at halt due to the pandemic. If not the pandemic, the thirteenth edition of the IPL would have going on at the moment. IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29 but the BCCI has suspended it indefinitely in the light of the pandemic. All the international and other major domestic events are also currently suspended.