Bowling legend hints lockdown is like a ‘slender 1st innings lead’
Former India captain and match-winning bowler Anil Kumble has given a very apt cricketing twist to the battle against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, characterizing it as the ‘second innings’ of a nail-biting Test match.
The coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc worldwide, claiming over 2,76,000 lives so far while infecting more than 4 million people. India alone has seen more than 59,000 cases and close to 2,000 deaths.
On the sports front, it has led to the cancellation or postponement of marquee events like the Tokyo Olympics, the European Football Championships and the Indian Premier League.
“If we have to fight this coronavirus pandemic, we need to be in this together. It’s like a Test match. Cricket Test matches are of five days but this has been longer,” Kumble said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
“Cricket Test matches are only two innings each, but this can be even more. So don’t be complacent that we had a slender lead in the first innings because the second innings can be really rough… We have to win this battle, it cannot be won just by a first innings lead, we need to win this battle by registering an outright victory,” he tweeted.
The former leg-spinner thanked all healthcare and other essential workers who are continuing with their duties during the nationwide lockdown so that everyone else can stay safe at home.
“I take this opportunity to thank all the corona warriors, be it the doctors, nurses, the attenders, the sanitation workers, volunteers, the government workers, officers, police. All of you have been doing a great job,” Kumble said.
“They have been great, selfless. They are at risk taking care of patients, so hats off to them,” he added.