Shreyas Iyer showed off his magic tricks along with his sister Natasha as cricketers fought the coronavirus lockdown in their own way. (Photo Credit: BCCI Twitter)
The coronavirus pandemic has locked down all sporting activity in the world. The NBA, MLS, Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Olympic Sports and even cricket have all been decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cricket, in particular, is seeing a very tough time. India's series against South Africa was postponed followed by England's series against Sri Lanka. Australia's last two remaining games against New Zealand were rescheduled while England's domestic cricket was postponed to May 28. The Australian Sheffield Shield games were cancelled with a call to be taken on the final while New Zealand's Plunket Shield was also cancelled with Wellington becoming the winners. There is a massive cloud hanging over the Indian Premier League after the tournament was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, with COVID-19 causing havoc, the fate of IPL 2020 could be decided on Tuesday between a meeting with franchisees and the BCCI via video-conferencing. Amidst all the doom and gloom of no action, one Indian cricket team batsman is showing his magical prowess literally. In a video uploaded by the official BCCI Twitter handle, Shreyas Iyer, along with his sister Natasha, are displaying card magic tricks.
"Trust our in-house magician @ShreyasIyer15 to keep us entertained when we are all indoors. Thanks for bringing smiles champ! #TeamIndia," the BCCI wrote on its Twitter handle. The India batsman was seen performing a new magic trick which he calls "gun trick" with a deck of cards. Iyer said this was a new thing that he wanted to do in the period when social distancing was the norm due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper and his wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, took to Twitter tto urge people to stay safe and be at home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "Special mention to all the medical professionals in the country and around the globe for all the efforts being put in to fight the #CoronaVirus. Let's support them by taking care of ourself and everybody around us by maintaining good personal hygeine. #IndiaFightsCorona. Be alert, attentive and aware to combat the threat posed by the Covid 19.
The cricket calendar has been decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic locking down all sporting events. (Image credit: Getty Images)
We, as responsible citizens, need to adhere to the norms put in place for our safety as announced by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModiji. #IndiaFightsCorona," Kohli said in a series of tweets. Calling for "resolve and restraint" to fight coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the entire country to observe 'Janta curfew' on Sunday. In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, he asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis as grave as this.
"Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done," PM Modi said, asking people to avoid this mindset that the disease will not affect India much when it has hit hard many developed countries.