Modi had appealed to people to switch off the lights at their homes and light lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat coronavirus.
“That feeling of every fan shining their phone’s flashlight & bursting into applause & cheer when we deliver a knockout performance, is unparalleled! @BCCI. Team India, let’s hit this virus out of the park! April 5, 9 PM, 9 minutes Show your support! @narendramodi,” Bumrah wrote on his Twitter handle.
That feeling of every fan shining their phone’s flashlight & bursting into applause & cheer when we deliver a knock… https://t.co/3VXi8E7NzZ
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) 1586012640000
In a video message of over 11 minutes on Friday, Modi also asked people to maintain the “lakshman rekha” of social distancing by staying indoors and not getting together in groups during the exercise.
The pandemic has put the whole world on pause and sporting events across the globe have either been cancelled or suspended and even the fate of the 13th edition of the IPL hangs in the balance with the BCCI now also open to shifting the tournament to the October-November window if the ICC does plan to postpone the T20 World Cup.