Urging Indian citizens to stay brave and not coming out during the coronavirus lockdown, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday lavished praise for the work done by health and police officials in the country. Referring to them as ‘frontline’ heroes, RCB urged all their fans to practice social distancing.
Captioning the black-and-white video on Twitter, RCB wrote: “Remember, together we are stronger, and we will continue even if Glory is delayed.”
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 17, 2020
RCB urged fans to continue the fight against coronavirus even if glory is delayed. In the video, the voice-over can be heard saying that there are going to be ups and downs and twists, but the fight cannot stop.
Excerpt of the voice-over: “Ups and downs, twists and turns, cricket is beyond just wickets and runs. Millions of fans and all of their prayers backing their team and their favorite players to win. Isn’t that why we’ve always played? And we will continue, even if glory is delayed. No matches, only highlights. No parties, lonely street lights. No podiums, empty stadiums. In our homes, we must stay. 2020 – what a year! Been a tough one for everyone. The doctors and the police are playing bold every day.”
On the cricketing front, ICC has put all cricket matches on hold, while IPL has postponed the tournament till ”further notice”. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus positive patients in India went past 13700 with almost 460 people losing their lives on Thursday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The entire world is slowly moving towards a lockdown due to the scare of the ever-escalating situation concerning the World Health Organisation-recognized pandemic that is the Coronavirus. Everything- schools, colleges, airports, railway stations, gyms, sporting events, movies, offices- have been put under lockdown as the world continues to self-isolate in order to control the pandemic.