new Delhi: In the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) being held in the UAE, Virat Kohli will play the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) tournament, with ‘My Kovid Heroes’ written on the back of the players’ jersey in honor of the Corona heroes.
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RCB captain Virat Kohli said at the virtual press conference in the UAE on the occasion of the launch of this jersey, ‘For the first time as a team we got involved in such a fantastic campaign. It is dedicated to those Corona heroes who thought of themselves selflessly regardless of others. ‘
He said, ‘This is a salute to him from our side. It is a matter of pride for us to wear this jersey. We cannot even imagine the challenges they have faced. I have seen the original daily workers in my housing society doing their work with complete sincerity even in difficult circumstances for the last six-seven months, from which I have learned a lot. They had a choice but they did not run away from work.
The RCB team will proudly don a tribute jersey with the message “My Covid Heroes” both during training & matches during the # Dream11IPL in honors of all the Real Challengers who have helped the world during these uncertain times. #PlayBold # IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/yazAHvHmBQ
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 18, 2020
RCB chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said, ‘Players will wear this jersey during matches and practice throughout the tournament. The jersey worn in the first match will be auctioned and the proceeds will be given to ‘Give India Foundation’. RCB has been running the hashtag My Kovid Heroes and the hashtag Real Challengers on its social media handle for some time, showing stories of heroes serving in the Corona era.
Three of these Corona Nayaks were present on the occasion, including Simranjit Singh of Chandigarh who came forward to help the people despite being old. Apart from these, Hetika Shah of Ahmedabad who designed ‘Fours Shield’ for Corona warriors and Zeeshan Javed of Karnataka who distributed milk to daily wage laborers through ‘Mission Milk’.
Opener Parthiv Patel, citing the example of a domestic helper appointed for his father, said, ‘Our domestic helper’s wife was pregnant but he did not leave my father and go to meet her. He had a son and passed away after two days but due to health protocol he did not go. He said, ‘People may call players or cricketers as role models, but they are the real heroes.
Kohli said, ‘It is a very big thing to face such challenges and that too without praising or wishing the results. I have learned throughout this period, learn to be content with what you have and do not run away unnecessarily in life.