India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara thinks that the current 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic was a “very good step taken at the right time”. While people continue to come up with innovative ways of staying indoors, Pujara urged everyone to pick up new activities and try to spend more time with the family.
With the entire world struggling to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it feels almost futile to ponder over what’s happening in the world of sports. But with the Olympics being postponed for the 1st time in history, the lives of players and their favourite sports have been brought to a virtual standstill with the outbreak shutting down a series of sports all across the globe. In India too, the IPL has been postponed till April 15 but its future still hangs by a thread as the outbreak continues to rage in the country. However, Pujara urged everyone to look at the positives of the current situation.
Speaking to indiatoday.in, India’s Test talisman said that he fully supported the lockdown move and especially for India it was a crucial step to tackle the Covid-19 menace.
“I would say that it is a very good step taken by the government and I would say that it’s taken at the right time because the way the virus spreads and it has in other countries like the US, they have shut. And in our country especially the population is so big, it becomes very difficult to control this spread. Being a sportsperson yes I do agree that it becomes difficult but personally I fully support this and all the citizens should understand that this is for their own safety.
“Maybe at times it’s not easy but one has to start looking at positives like you get to spend time with your family and a lot of free time. So I would like to say to all the people to utilise that time and make sure to spend enough time with the family but at the same time try and help your family members. I personally try and help by cleaning, not cooking because i can’t cook but i try and help my wife as much as i can. So it’s also important to get engaged in activities which you might not have done in the past,” said Pujara when asked how was he making sense of the current predicament.
When asked how he himself was spending all this free time when there is actually no cricket happening anywhere in the country, Pujara replied that his 2-year-old daughter Aditi keeps him busy and engaged.
“My daughter is quite young so if I keep the camera on her she is really happy. Most of the times Puja, my wife, is around but with both of her parents around, she is happiest at the moment. She also enjoys playing and I make sure that she is looked after well. We try and do creative stuff with her. She is very young and energetic, she wants to play so we make sure to engage her in indoor games, sometimes she likes coloring and I try to help her with that. We have a small garden at our house and we play badminton with her – not proper badminton but she plays with a racquet and a shuttle,” said Pujara.
Pujara, however, feels lucky that he has his family with him during this lockdown as opposed to those surviving it alone. But for India’s Test No.3, even being isolated alone wouldn’t be much of a problem. That’s what he answered when asked which of his Team India colleagues would he prefer being isolated with.
“If I have to be isolated I can spend enough time with myself and I don’t need anyone (laughs). I like reading books, so I’ll do that. Fortunately my family is around but still I think I would manage,” added Pujara.
While fans are frustrated at the lack of live on-field action, Pujara feels that for the players themselves the lockdown is a welcome break. With so much cricket happening in recent times, Pujara opined that the break would allow them to return fresher whenever they play the next game.
“I would say that this is the right time for everyone to take a break because the guys have been playing a lot of cricket so I think this break is not going to harm anyone. Most of these guys are professionals enough to still work on their fitness. Once the cricket starts, I’m sure they will be ready for it, stay fresh mentally and physically. I’m sure whenever we play next, even if they haven’t been playing lot of cricket recently, but this break will help them stay fresh,” concluded Pujara.
Source – India Today