Wishes have been pouring in for Ravi Shastri who turned 58 on Wednesday. Shastri, unlike the last few years, has been spending his special day at his home in Alibaug away from competitive cricket which remains suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Regarded as the greatest centre-forward in the sport, Balbir Singh Sr and sprint legend Milkha Singh were so popular that they never required an appointment to meet the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. “It’s true. We could meet him at short notice. He loved hockey,” Balbir Singh Sr had once said.
The way this pandemic has turned sporting world’s programmes upside down it, the answer seems to be in the affirmative. Even though as of now almost all major sporting events have either been pushed back, put on hold, or cancelled due to Covid-19, with most notable casualties being summer Olympics (Tokyo), Grand slam Tennis events Wimbledon, and French Open. Postponement of the summer Olympic Games was the biggest setback. The International Olympic Committee and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have now rescheduled the event to next year, where it will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Uptil now, Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has infected more than three million people worldwide.
The man known for unmatchable talent has been a winner throughout. Starting his career as someone who was struggling to make a mark at the International level and then scoring 39 centuries, Rohit has definitely come a long way.