As the world reels under the coronavirus pandemic, India skipper Virat Kohli on Friday made an appeal to the citizens of India as he urged them to wake up and take COVID-19 seriously.

Asking citizens to take responsibility for themselves, he asked them to avoid gatherings and stay at home in self-isolation.

“Hello, I am Virat Kohli. Today I am speaking to you not as an India player, but as a citizen of the country. What I have seen in the last few days — people moving in groups, not abiding by curfew rules, not following lockdown guidelines — it shows that we are taking the fight very lightly. But this fight is not as easy as it looks or feels,” Kohli said in the video he shared on Twitter.

The 32-year-old cricketer, who was on the tour of New Zealand recently was not in good form. In the entire tour, he could not get a century to his name.

Lauding the experts who are working hard to come up with a solution, Kohli urged citizens not to break the rules and abide by the rules of the lockdown to help others.

“I wish to request everyone to please maintain social distancing and follow it. Also, we should follow the directives given by the government and just for once think how you would feel if due to your negligence someone in your family gets affected by the virus. Please follow the experts as they are working very hard. It will only be successful when we follow our duties rather than going out in groups and breaking rules. This for me is an act against the country’s well-being. So now, I along with all of you wish to see things improve and please follow the directives of the government. Jai Hind!,” Kohli added.