The Indian sports fraternity, including legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, came together to join in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s request to switch off the lights and light candles and diyas at 9 pm for 9 minutes on Sunday in order to show solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
In his address to the nation on April 3, PM Modi had urged the citizens of India to comes together and join the #9pm9minute initiative which, he said, was an act to illuminate the common purpose we are all fighting for, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the world.
India skipper Virat Kohli shared a picture with his wife Anushka Sharma on Twitter, saying, “A prayer in unity does make a difference. Pray for every being and stand together.”
Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to share a picture with his family. Tendulkar in his tweet thanked the sanitation workers for their selfless services in their attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
India opener Rohit Sharma also shared a picture on Instagram while lighting diyas.
A prayer in unity does make a difference. Pray for every being and stand together https://t.co/EcmiX7EcoA
Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 5, 2020
My family & I thank the selfless #SanitationWarriors cleaning our surroundings & hospitals, disinfecting affected areas & thus keeping the virus at bay. Let’s also reignite our pledge to take care of our elders, the most vulnerable – by ensuring their physical & mental wellness. pic.twitter.com/tTheS9oO4I
Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 5, 2020
Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 5, 2020
Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 5, 2020
Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 5, 2020
The light will guide us home pic.twitter.com/sj1DtyfCT2
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) April 5, 2020
Ever since PM Modi’s message, several sports personalities urged the citizens of the country to support the initiative. India skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya among others had appealed the citizens to come together in the fight against Covid-19.
As of Sunday evening, the number of coronavirus cases in India has gone past 3,500 while the death toll has exceeded 70. Across the world, more than 12 lakh people have been infected by the virus while over 66,000 have died.