MUMBAI: India head coach Ravi Shastri has termed the current fight against COVID-19 crisis as a "mother of all World Cups" which the countrymen need to win at all cost by coming together.
On Wednesday, Shastri posted a video on his Twitter handle wherein he urged people to stick to the rules of the govt. so as to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"Today the COVID-19 has put us in a situation where we got our backs to the wall," Shastri said.
"To combat this coronavirus is like chasing a World Cup where you give your everything in trying to win it. What's staring you at the face is not any ordinary World Cup. This is actually the mother of all World Cups where not just eleven are playing but 1.4 (1.3) billion are within the playing arena and competing.
"Guys we will win this. For that, we've to look at the basics. you've got your Prime Minister leading from the front ahead of the curve like other countries have farmed out," Shastri added.
The India head coach further said people got to pay respect to the frontline workers who are risking their lives during this fight against coronavirus.
"You need to obey the orders that come from the top: be it Centre, state or the frontline workers who are risking their lives."
Shastri said during the lockdown which has now been extended till May 3, people got to self isolate at their home and maintain social distancing.
"It isn't easy but to win the sport you got to go through the pain to interrupt the chain and see the gain," said the 57-year-old.
"Come on, guys! let's do it together. allow us to get out there in a bruit force of 1.4 billion (1.3 billion) and beat this coronavirus and get your hands on the world Cup of humanity. Let's do it," he added.
Over 11,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus got reported till now while over 370 people have lost their lives in India.