"We Stand As One": Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Urge Indians To Light Candles At 9 pm
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma urged Indians to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to light candles at 9 pm on Sunday.
PM Modi has asked Indians to light candles at 9 pm on Sunday
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma tweeted asking Indians to follow his call
They have both donated to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
India captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma tweeted urging citizens to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to switch off all lights and light candles at 9 pm for nine minutes on Sunday, as a sign of solidarity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "The power of the stadium is in its fans. The spirit of India is in its people. Tonight 9pm for 9min, Let's show the world, we stand as ONE. Let's show our Health Warriors, We stand behind them. Team India - IGNITED," tweeted Kohli.
The power of the stadium is in its fans.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 5, 2020
The spirit of India is in its people.
Tonight 9pm for 9min
Let's show the world, we stand as ONE.
Let's show our Health Warriors,
We stand behind them.
Team India - IGNITED.@narendramodi @PMOIndia
"Team India, we cant get this prescription wrong. Our life depends on winning this test match. Show your solidarity, join us in "The Great Team India Huddle" today 5th April 9pm for 9min. Light to Fight. Are you with me?" Rohit Sharma tweeted.
Team India, we cant get this prescription wrong. Our life depends on winning this test match.— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) April 5, 2020
Show your solidarity, join us in "The Great Team India Huddle" today 5th April 9pm for 9min.
Light to Fight.
Are you with me?@narendramodi
On Friday, PM Modi spoke with over 40 elite sportspersons, including Kohli and Rohit, on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as the 21-day national lockdown that has been imposed in the country.
"Interacted with sportspersons via video conferencing on the situation arising due to COVID-19. Sports requires self-discipline, tenacity, teamwork and a fighting spirit. These are also required to defeat Coronavirus," PM Modi tweeted.
"From sharing videos that reaffirm the importance of fitness, helping the poor and needy, emphasising on social distancing as well as contributing to efforts such as PM-CARES, our sportspersons are doing excellent towards making India free from COVID-19," he added in another tweet.
PM Modi praised the sportspersons for bringing glory to the nation through their "stellar performances on the field," and told them that they now they have an important role to play in boosting the morale of the nation as well as spreading the message of social distancing along with asking people to continuously follow advisories given during the lockdown.
The Prime Minister also asked them to include the following five points in their message to people: 'sankalp' to fight the pandemic, 'sanyam' to follow social distancing, 'sakaratmakta' to maintain positivity, 'samman' to respect the frontline soldiers in this battle including the medical fraternity, the police personnel etc and 'sahyog' at personal level as well as at national level through contribution to PM-CARES fund.