Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mystery spinner, Varun Chakravarthy, revealed the messages he received on social media after contracting covid-19, which subsequently resulted in the postponement of the IPL 2021 back in April.
On Mental Health Day, Chakravarthy had a conversation with fellow KKR teammate, Dinesh Karthik, where they spoke about the importance of sportsmen’s mental well-being. Ben Stokes comes to mind when dealing with the topic, who took an indefinite break due to bio-bubble fatigue.
“I remember when Dr. Srikanth just called, and I still remember the words he told me. It’s unfortunately positive Varun. So that just shattered everything. I really didn’t know that it is going to blow up so much. I even got emails and messages on Instagram where people told me, ‘Rather you should have been dead’,” Chakravarthy said to Karthik in a video posted by KKR on its Twitter account.
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“People don’t realize the gravity of what they say” – Dinesh Karthik to Varun Chakravarthy
Since the craze of cricket in India is unmatched with respect to any other sport or nation for that matter, people generally invest their heart and soul into it. However, they fail to realize that the cricketers are human beings as well. As a result, the fans end up dishing out extremely tasteless remarks, as explained by Karthik.
“And that’s where I feel sometimes social media needs to be a kinder place. People don’t realize the gravity of what they say. Be it memes, be it videos, be it you know just the use of words.”
“It is a spur of the moment thing for them at that point of time instinctively what they feel, they just put it out there, not realizing what the person reading it will go through,” Karthik said.
Chakravarthy, along with two other teammates, contracted the virus back in April. KKR’s match against RCB was immediately postponed, but it wasn’t enough, and the BCCI decided to shift the venue altogether. It is now being held in the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will also take place.