It has been more than a year of India suffering through the COVID-19 Pandemic. While we thought the situation was improving, it had actually worsened. The second wave of the deadly coronavirus has proved to be life-threatening. Many have lost their lives to COVID-19, and the world of cricket has also undergone a crisis.
Another personal cause of a player losing their parent came to notice as Indian national women’s team player Priya Punia took to social media to announce her mother’s demise, who succumbed to the virus yesterday.
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Posting pictures with her mother and her family, she announced the sad news on her official Instagram handle today. She penned down a very heartbreaking yet sweet note dedicated to her mother as her post read like:
“Today I realized why you always told me to be strong. You knew that one day I would need the strength to bear the loss of yours. I miss you so mom! No matter the distance I know you are always there with me. My guiding star, my mom. Love you always. Some truths in life are hard to accept. Your memories will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace Mom. Please follow the rules and take precautions. This virus is very dangerous. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, stay safe, and stay strong.”
Talking about the Indian cricketers, Team India women T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won her fight against the virus and tested negative after isolating for 14 days. Veda Krishnamurthy suffered a huge loss as she lost her mother and her sister to COVID-19 within two weeks. From the men’s side, cricketer Piyush Chawla and Cricket Advisory Committee member RP Singh, both suffered the loss of their father this month.
Punia has been playing for the Indian side since 2019 when she made her ODI and T20I debut. She was last seen in the recently concluded home series against South Africa.
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