Indian Batsman Rohit Sharma
Indian Batsman Rohit Sharma
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Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Monday took to social media to inform his fans about the threat that is coronavirus.

Sharma, who missed the New Zealand tour due to injury, asked everyone to stay safe.

Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli and former cricketer VVS Laxman are taking initiatives to spread aware amid the global pandemic coronavirus which has resulted in 1,56,396 confirmed cases including 5,833 deaths worldwide.

"Let's stay strong and fight the COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone," tweeted Kohli on Saturday.

Many sporting events, including that of cricket, have been affected globally across the world due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

India's ongoing ODI series against South Africa has been postponed after the first match was washed out in Dharamsala. Also, the Indian Premier League - originally scheduled to start from March 29 - has been postponed till April 15.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said the "first priority is safety" of the people and that's why the board has taken the decision to defer the IPL. "Let's stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games," Ganguly said on Friday

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