‘We are fighting a common enemy’ – Ravichandran Ashwin urges everyone to take care of each other amid Covid-19 scare
With the IPL now been suspended till April 15, Ashwin's stint with Delhi Capitals has been halted.
Updated - Mar 19, 2020 5:28 pm
Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best spinners in the world. Even though he hasn’t played much of international cricket in recent times, he continues to train hard and get ready for the IPL 2020. Ashwin had represented Kings XI Punjab in the previous two seasons and also captained them. But, this year Ashwin was supposed to turn up for Delhi Capitals. He moved from Punjab to Delhi via pre-auction player trade.
It was expected that the turning tracks of the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi will help Ashwin to take more wickets this season. With the IPL now been suspended till April 15, Ashwin’s stint with Delhi Capitals has been halted.
The virus has affected all sectors of society as the COVID-19 has caused over 8,500 deaths. Though the positive cases in India are about 150 right now, the number could go high if proper precautions are not taken. The Tamil Nadu-born spinner spoke about the scare of the virus in the country.
India could be a country where the disease can be very nasty, says Ashwin
“India could be a country where the disease can be very nasty. Because self-discipline in terms of what we give to the community is extremely low. I was reading an article that talked about an infected person in Maharashtra being humiliated by neighbours. We are fighting a common enemy that cannot be seen,” said Ashwin as quoted by the New Indian Express.
Ashwin then went on to talk about the panic which has been caused in the country. If taken proper care, the virus could be fought out of the country and the government is trying its best. But the 33-year-old bowler feels some people are ignoring the measures.
“There is an amount of panic that has set in, but so has ignorance. It is confusing. In a country like India, you have to bank on a little bit of luck for the virus to evade you,” Ashwin pointed out.
With people been told to limit their outdoor activities, sportspersons across the country are not able to go out and practise. Upon being asked about his preparation and training, Ashwin said, “We have to confine ourselves. Thankfully, I have a cycle and a small gym at home to be in my best shape… probably stick to a diet. The most important thing now is to look after oneself and be socially responsible towards others and the community. Everything else takes a backseat.”