Adding to the list, Rohit Sharma along with other former and current cricketers lit earthen lamp and candles to honor the efforts of thousands of medical officers, sanitation workers and other service providers who work continuously to save lives of millions of people amid COVID-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to turn off lights and lit an earthen lamp, torch or flashlight at 9 pm for nine minutes on 5th April was observed by a large number of people across the country. Several Cricketers who made an appeal to the people to show solidarity and unity in the fight against Coronavirus Pandemic had also participated in the initiative. However, in most parts of the country people neglected the Lockdown protocols and came out on the street to burst firecrackers. Rohit Sharma has also participated in the initiative by liting candles along with Wife Ritika had also appealed to the people to stay indoors with a hilarious tweet. “Stay indoors India, don’t go out on the streets celebrating as World Cup is still some time away”, Rohit tweeted on his Twitter Handle.
He also tweeted, “Team India, we can’t get this prescription wrong.. Our life solely depends on winning this test match. Show your solidarity, join us in “The Great Team India Huddle” today 5th April 9 pm for 9 minutes. Light to Fight. Are you with me @narendramodi
Apart from Rohit Sharma many former cricketers and current cricketers including Hardik Pandya, Sachin Tendulkar, and Harbhajan Singh, lit diyas and candles to honor the efforts of thousands of medical officers who are risking their lives continuously and working tirelessly to save others lives.
“My family and I thank the selfless #SanitationWorkers who are cleaning our surroundings and hospitals, disinfecting the places which are affected with virus and thus keeping the virus at bay. Let’s reunite and take care of our elders who are most prey to this virus by ensuring their physical and mental wellness”, Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.
“There is always light after darkness together we can stand for better tomorrow…God bless us all”, Harbhajan Singh tweeted.
Indian men’s cricket team head coach, Ravi Shastri also participated in the initiative of PM Modi by lighting an earthen lamp. He tweeted, “a humble tribute to the health warriors”.
“I have paid a humble tribute to the health warriors. We are all in this tough time together as #TeamIndia. I salute the selfless heroes such as police, security forces, healthcare workers, state governments. Thank you, @narendramodi Ji, for unifying India #9baje9minutes,” Shastri tweeted.
Off-Spinner A R Ashwin also posted a video of people lighting Diyas in his locality and in another tweet he took a funny dig on all the people who used this opportunity to come out and burst the firecrackers as if it’s the occasion of Diwali.
He tweeted, “I wonder from where all these people bought their crackers during this ongoing lockdown and when is also the most important question”, Ashwin wrote on twitter.
The entire nation joined the PM initiative and made this lockdown successful by staying indoors and avoiding the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Government imposed a 21-days-lockdown throughout the country, which will end on April 14th, 2020.