Babar Azam urges citizens of India to stay strong amid Covid-19 second wave
Pakistan captain Babar Azam started trending on social media after he sent his prayers for the citizens of India who are fighting against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The second wave of the deadly outbreak has been really serious than the first one as it has disrupted lakhs of lives across the country especially over the last couple of weeks.
The situation has only gone from bad to worse and there isn’t any sign of improvement in the country. On Monday alone, the country recorded more than 3.5 lakh cases. Meanwhile, the death toll has also been increasing at an alarming rate.
Cricketers, commentators have advised the netizens to stay home to avoid the coronavirus epidemic. People who have contracted the virus infection have struggled to find hospital beds and oxygen cylinders have been in demand now.
In this crisis, Pakistan skipper spoke about the importance of expressing solidarity and praying together. In these tough times, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team urged the Indians to take precautionary measures to stay away from the epidemic.
He sent a message for India where he took to his official Twitter handle and wrote: “Prayers with the people of India in these catastrophic times. It’s time to show solidarity and pray together. I also request all the people out there to strictly follow SOPs, as it’s for our safety only. Together we can do it.”
Prayers with the people of India in these catastrophic times. It's time to show solidarity and pray together. I also request all the people out there to strictly follow SOPs, as it's for our safety only. Together we can do it. #StayStrong pic.twitter.com/YCLb13ITlO
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) April 26, 2021
Meanwhile, Australian pacer Pat Cummins stepped forward and donated $50000 (INR 37 lakhs) to the Prime Minister’s (PM) Relief Fund in India for the purchase of oxygen supplies to Indian hospitals.
Babar Azam who is currently in Zimbabwe for a brief tour had completed the T20I series. Pakistan won the T20I series by 2-1. After the Green Shirts won the series decider, Azam lauded his players’ efforts.
“It was a team effort. The openers gave a good start, and the discussion with Rizwan and me was that we needed a big partnership and one of us had to take it deep. The ball was coming onto the bat well and our target was 150-160. They batted well in the first ten overs, they fought back well, but our fast bowlers came back better,” Babar told after the match.