India went into a 21-day “total lockdown” at midnight on Tuesday, with anyone ignoring the order facing up to two years in jail and a fine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised India batsman Suresh Raina who donated a generous amount to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. “That’s a brilliant fifty, @ImRaina! #IndiaFightsCorona,” PM replied to Raina’s tweet. “It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging 52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (31 lakh to the  PM-CARES Fund & 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind! #StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath,” Raina had tweeted earlier on Saturday.

Raina took to Twitter and posted a picture in which he can be seen holding a poster that read, “I love my family. Do you? I am staying home to protect them. Are you?”. 

With this message, Raina urged the nation of 1.3 billion to observe a strict lockdown to avoid the spreading of coronavirus.

India went into a 21-day “total lockdown” at midnight on Tuesday, with anyone ignoring the order facing up to two years in jail and a fine.

Suresh Raina trained with his Chennai Super Kings teammates MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Piyush Chawla among others in Chennai during the first week of March before the training camp was called off due to Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s Indian Premier League is one of the many sporting events worldwide to be postponed including the Tokyo Olympics, which has been delayed until next year.

For now, the start of the IPL has been put back from March 29 until April 15 “as a precautionary measure” over the coronavirus, the BCCI said.

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