BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has urged the people of India to strictly follow the 21-day lockdown imposed by the government. Ganguly, the former India captain emphasized on the importance of self-isolation in these “testing times,” hoping that people will stay indoors in order to curb the rapid transmission of the COVID-19.

“To my fellow countrymen, to our citizens around the world, these are very testing times in our lives but we will fight it,” Ganguly said via a video posted on Twitter. “Listen to what every state government says, listen to what every health department says. Listen to the directives of the central government, as they say it’s important to stay home and isolation is very important.”

On Tuesday, Ganguly has expressed shock at the forced shutdown in his city Kolkata as the coronavirus gains a foothold across the country, saying he never thought of “seeing his city like this.” Underlining the seriousness of the disease which has affected all walks of life, and all but certainly called off this year’s IPL, Ganguly hoped people will be home as much as possible and warned the public not to take the matter lightly.

“Be safe, and be healthy but most importantly, be sensible. Don’t try out things, don’t feel that nothing is going to happen to you because when it comes you’ll have nowhere to go,” he explained. “So as they say, isolation is crucial, so be within closed doors. I know it’s tough, it’s not easy but that’s the only solution because nobody knows how this virus will find a way to get inside our bodies and nobody knows what’s the cure.

“Good will happen. We will fight this and we will get over this.”