‘We can’t let down our guard after April 14’: Sachin Tendulkar after PM Modi call
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: April 3, 2020 8:08:58 pm


Sachin Tendulkar was among the many 40-odd elite sportspersons with whom the PM had a one-hour video call on Friday. (File Photo/IANS)

Sachin Tendulkar mentioned managing the interval after April 14 – when the nationwide lockdown in place to counter the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic will get over – will probably be essential to how India fares on this battle. Speaking after a video call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tendulkar mentioned in an announcement that this perception of his was shared by the PM.

Tendulkar was amongst 40-odd elite sportspersons with whom the PM had a one hour video call to debate the prevailing state of affairs which has claimed greater than 50 lives in India with 2000 plus optimistic circumstances. The nation is at present in a 21-day lockdown which ends on April 14.

“He (PM Modi) highlighted and reaffirmed my belief that we should not let our guard down after the 14th of April, & how we manage that period will be very critical,” Tendulkar mentioned in an announcement after the interplay.

The different athletes who have been on the call included Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu, Hima Das, Bhaichung Bhutia, PT Usha, Pullela Gopichand, Vishwanathan Anand, Mary Kom, Bajrang Punia, Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara and others.

Like everybody else, Tendulkar can be practising social distancing and mentioned he now folds his arms to say ‘Namaste’ as a substitute of shaking arms. “I also suggested that as much as possible, I will use our way of greeting – saying ‘Namaste’ instead of shaking hands, even after we overcome this pandemic,” he mentioned.

Modi additionally spoke about this being the time when aged individuals, who’re extra weak, needs to be taken care of. “Taking care of our elders who are most vulnerable and using this time to hear from them, their stories and experiences was something the Prime Minister resonated with.”

The psychological facet of a lockdown was additionally mentioned. “We also spoke about mental fitness being as important as physical fitness during this phase, and shared what I’m doing at home to keep fit. “This is the time for our entire nation to come together and keep each other motivated. Like team spirit wins us games in sports, our nation should work as one team to overcome this,” Tendulkar concluded.

(With PTI inputs)

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