‘Samay hai hosiyaar rahene ka’ - Kevin Pietersen’s important message in Hindi amid Covid-19 threat
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen sent out a special message in Hindi amid the coronavirus threat that has gripped the entire world. The virus has infected more than 2,00,000 people worldwide and led to over 9,000 deaths so far. In India too the pandemic has been spreading.
Pietersen took to social media asking fans to follow the government guidelines related to containment of coronavirus. He also revealed he was helped by Indian cricketer Srivats Goswami to put out the message in Hindi. Pietersen played with Goswami during his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Pietersen’s post read: ‘Namaste India, hum sab corona virus ko harane mein ek saath hai , hum sab apne apne sarkar ki baat ka nirdes kare aur ghar me kuch Dino ke liye rahe , yeh samay hai hosiyaar rahene ka .App sabhi ko der sara pyaar.’
This roughly translates to: “Greetings India. Everyone is united in the fight against coronavirus and that everyone should listen to their government’s instructions and stay at home for a few days. This is time to be smart.”
Later, PM Modi shared Kevin Pietersen’s tweet from his account, to which the former England cricketer again replied to in Hindi: “Shukriya Modi ji , aapki leadership bhi kaafi bispotak hai,” he wrote.
The entire sporting calender has been shredded due to the coronavirus outbreak, in a year where several multi-national events were scheduled to take place. As far as cricket in the county is concerned, Team India’s bilateral series against South Africa was called off for the time being while the start of IPL has been pushed back to April 15 from March 29.
The country’s health ministry has repeatedly advised people to stay at home and on Thursday Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated a nationwide self-imposed curfew on Sunday to help the containment efforts.