New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli on Friday (March 27) appealed to everyone to take the 21-day lockdown seriously and not to venture out of their homes. He also urged everyone to follow government’s directives.

India is under a lockdown in its fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Despite an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some of the citizens still venture out of their houses, thus putting others at risk and spreading the deadly virus.

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Kohli took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to post a 110-second video where he expressed disappointment over people not taking the virus seriously.

“Please wake up to the reality and seriousness of the situation and take responsibility. The nation needs our support and honesty,” Kohli wrote on his Twitter account with the video.

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He started off by saying that he was talking to everyone not as an Indian cricketer but as an ordinary citizen of the country.

“What I have seen in the last few days, where people were crowding, coming on to the streets, I think we are taking this battle (against coronavirus) lightly. This battle is not ordinary as it looks. I request you all to follow ‘social distancing’. Whatever directives have been given by the government, please follow them with complete honesty. Just think, if your carelessness leads to problems to someone in your family, how will you feel?

"Our government, medical experts have been working very hard (to fight the virus). This will only be successful if we as Indian citizens take full responsibility and follow everything. Coming on to roads to have fun and taking advantage of the current situation (lockdown) is not honesty as an Indian citizen. I want this to be rectified. I request you all, whatever the government is saying, please follow that. Jai Hind,” Kohli said in the video.