Had an opportunity to speak with Narendra Modi: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin said that greeting with folding hands should be the way forward even after the pandemic goes.
Updated - Apr 3, 2020 7:07 pm
Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer, said that he got the golden chance of interacting with Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Friday, the Indian PM spoke to 48 sportspersons that included Sachin as well. The country is currently going through a 21-day lockdown period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 2,300 cases have come to the fore with the death tolls up to 56.
Sachin mentioned that he and the others shared about how they have been coping up with the lockdown in the situation of crisis. He also put forth the importance of taking care of the elderly people, who are most susceptible to the COVID-19 novel virus. Moreover, he urged the netizens to not let complacency sneak in after the lockdown ends on April 14.
“I had an opportunity to speak with Shri Narendra Modi ji, Shri Kiran Rijiju ji and other sportspersons about our personal views and experiences of how we have been dealing with the lockdown,” Sachin was quoted as saying in India TV.
We should not let our guard down: Sachin Tendulkar
“Taking care of our elders who are most vulnerable and using this time to hear from them, their stories and experiences was something the Prime Minister resonated with. He highlighted and reaffirmed my belief that we should not let our guard down after the 14th of April, & how we manage that period will be very critical,” he stated.
In the critical situation, people have been asked not to shake hands. But Sachin said that greeting with folding hands should be the way forward even after the pandemic goes. “I also suggested that as much as possible, I will use our way of greeting — saying ‘Namaste’ instead of shaking hands, even after we overcome this pandemic,” he added.
Earlier, the Master Blaster donated INR 50 lakhs, coming forward for the help of the ones affected. He gave away 25 lakhs each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Worldwide, the coronavirus cases have exceeded one million with 54,000 plus people losing their lives. The United States (US), Spain and Italy have been deeply affected in the virus outbreak.