0COVID -19 has changed the world totally. Last year in March, it was known to world for the first time. It has brought with itself, destruction, devastation and chaos. The first wave of the COVID-19 was not as dangerous as the second one. Especially, in India, the second wave has brought grief beyond measurement.
While the cancellation of IPL through halfway stage was just the tip of the Iceberg, the bigger and more shocking thing, was the loss of lives that COVID-19 has brought. A lot of people, maybe in thousands have lost their life, since the second wave of COVID-19, began a month ago. Cricketers too have suffered from it, as a lot of them lost their kiths and kins and loved ones.
We take a look at some of the cricketers who lost, there loved ones or family members or friends lives to COVID.
1 – Piyush Chawla
The ex Indian leg spinner lost his father Mr Pramod Kumar Chawla to COVID-19. In an Instagram statement, Piyush Chawla said
“Life won’t be the same without him anymore, lost my pillar of strength today. With the deepest grief, we announce that my beloved father, Pramod Kumar Chawla, left for the heavenly abode on 10th May 2021. He was suffering from COVID and post COVID complications. We invite your kind thoughts and prayers in these difficult times. May his noble soul rest in peace”.
2 – Chetan Sakariya
The left arm seamer of Rajasthan Royals impressed everyone in the IPL with terrific line and length bowling. However on a personal front, Sakaria did not have such a great time as he lost his father Kanjibhai Sakaria to COVID. His father was 42 years old. In a statement, Chetan Sakariya’s Ranji team, Saurashtra said –
“Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association is deeply saddened on the sad demise of cricketer Chetan Sakariya’s father. Saurashtra Cricket Association conveys heartfelt condolences to Chetan and prays to the Almighty to give enough strength to everyone in his family to bear the loss and grant eternal peace to the departed noble soul”.
3 – Veda Krishnamurthy
COVID brought a double whammy to the star women cricketer of India, Veda Krishnamurthy. In a span of two weeks, she lost first, her mother and then her sister, to COVID. While her sister Vatsala, died a couple of days ago, her mother Cheluvamba Devi, died 2 weeks ago.
On the demise of both her mother and sister, Veda Krishnamurthy wrote down, an emotional note on a social media platform which reads:
“To my beautiful Amma and Akka. The last few days have been very heartbreaking to all of us at home. You both for the foundation of our house never imagined it would be seeing this day knowing that you both are not with me, it breaks my heart. Amma, you have made a brave child, taught me to be as practical as I can in every situation the trait is obviously passed on by you. You are the most beautiful, happy, selfless person I ever knew. Akka, I know I was your most favorite person. You are a fighter, has inspired me to never let go till the last minute. ”
“You were those two people who found joy in everything I did, everything I said I always had a very big ego that I have two mothers but guess ego is never too good for anyone. The last few days I spent with you both were so relaxing and we were also happy never imagine that would be our last. ”
Fortunately for Veda she was found COVID negative.
4- Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan was one of the openers of test cricket for India in the 80’s. He lost his life to COVID last year. Even after a month of medication, his health could not improve. Hence, he died in Gurgaon’s, Medanta Hospital. After leaving cricket, he joined politics and was a minister in the cabinet of UP government.
5 – Few players in IPL
Many players in IPL as well, were found COVID positive, when finally, BCCI decided to postpone the tournament. Amongst them, the most prominent was Chennai batting consultant, Mike Hussey. Also, Kolkata Knight Riders Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy too, were found COVID positive.
Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha as well as Delhi’s leg spinner Amit Mishra also were found COVID positive.
With the second wave not expected to subside anytime soon, we might expect a few more cases to active and former cricketer.