India skipper Virat Kohli and his better half Anushka Sharma on Wednesday (March 25) urged their fans to stay at home during the nationwide 21-day lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, Kohli posted a video in which he and Anushka can be seen conveying the message.
“These are testing times and we need to wake up to the seriousness of this situation. Please let us all follow what's been told to us and stand united please. It's a plea to everyone,” he captioned the 51-second-long clip.
As of March 25, the COVID-19 outbreak has claimed more than 18,000 lives and infected over 422,000 people globally. In India, around 560 confirmed cases have been reported while 11 people have lost their lives thus far.
Considering the grave situation, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (March 24) announced that the country will be under complete lockdown for the next three weeks.
Welcoming the move, the Indian captain had tweeted: "As our Honourable Prime Minister, Shri @NarendraModi ji just announced, the whole country is going into a lockdown starting midnight today for the next 21 days. My request will remain the same, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. #SocialDistancing is the only cure for Covid 19."
The crisis has also brought cricket to a grinding halt as all the series and tournaments have been either cancelled or rescheduled.
Earlier this month, IPL 2020 was rescheduled from March 29 to April 15 due to the epidemic but following the announcement of nationwide lockdown, the cancellation of cash-rich event looks inevitable.