In the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketers addressed their fans in video messages ahead of their IPL 2021 meeting in Mumbai on Sunday.
The likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina and Deepak Chahar featured in the videos shared by the franchises. Notably, IPL 2021 has been going ahead in strict bio-bubble environments across India which has been hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19. India on Saturday registered over 3.46 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases — the highest single-day spike — pushing the Covid-19 caseload in the country to 1.66 crore.
‘Be a superhero and wear a mask’
“The situation in the world right now is very tough. Covid-19 has affected millions of lives. It’s time all of us do our bit. Stay at home, maintain social distancing and help whoever we can. Most importantly, keep your masks up. Be a superhero and wear a mask,” Suresh Raina said in a video message.
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask Pdu Whistle Pdu! (@ChennaiIPL) April 25, 2021
Protect yourself and everyone around: Virat Kohli
“Hi, I am virat Kohli, as a captain, I try to lead from the front and help people around. I request you to do the same. Sanitise your hands, step out only when it’s absolutely necessary and wear your mask at all imes. Protect yourself, your family and everyone around,” Virat Kohli said in clip posted by RCB on social media.
‘Make sure you wear a mask and maintain social distancing’
Meanwhile, former South Africa star AB de Viliers stressed the need to stay indoors and mask up and follow protocols when absolutely necessary to head out.
“You can’t wait for a superhero when the going gets tough. You have to be your own superhero. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the best way to keep yourself and others safe is by being at home. When you absolutely have to go out, make sure you wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Together, let’s survive these tough times.
Glenn Maxwell said the cricketers are privileged to provide entertainment in these tough times but the superstar Australia all-rounder asked for something in return from the fans.
“Hey, guys our priority right now is to provide entertainment and hopefully, plenty of joy. But I am asking something in return, please follow all the health and safety protocols and stay safe and beat Covid-19,” Maxwell said.
Chennai Super Kings are looking to end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s unbeaten run in IPL 2021. Virat Kohli’s men are on top of the table with 4 wins from as many matches while MS Dhoni’s former champions have won 3 out of 4.
On Sunday, MS Dhoni won the toss and Chennai Super Kings opted to bat at the Wankhede Stadium. They missed Moeen Ali to an injury and he was replaced by Dwayne Bravo. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir got a game, replacing his South African teammate Lungi Ngidi.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore brought back all-rounder Dan Christian in place of pacer Kane Richardson. They also brought in pacer Navdeep Saini in place of left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed.