Bengaluru: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen sent across a message in Hindi for Indians in their battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Pietersen asked Indians to follow Narendra Modi government’s instructions and stay at home.

Pietersen, who is active on social media, used his Twitter account to tweet the message in Hindi. He said Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami is his Hindi teacher. Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty appreciated Pietersen’s tweet while Goswami said the former skipper is a “good learner”.

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“Namaste India, hum sab corona virus ko harane mein ek saath hai , hum sab apne apne sarkar ki baat ka nirdes kare aur ghar me kuch Dino ke liye rahe , yeh samay hai hosiyaar rahene ka .App sabhi ko der sara pyaar,” Pietersen tweeted in Hindi on Friday (March 20).

This message, when translated to English, is, “Greetings India. Everyone is united in the fight against coronavirus and that everyone should listen to their government's instructions and stay at home for a few days. This is time to be smart.”

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The 39-year-old Pietersen is not new to Indian fans. He is a regular in TV commentary during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Previously, he has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where Goswami was his teammate. He also featured in Delhi Daredevils (DD), Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), Deccan Chargers (DC), Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) teams.

During his international career, Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, played 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England.

On Thursday night (March 19), Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked all Indians to stay at home and also appealed to them to observe “Janta Curfew” on Sunday (March 22).

PM Modi said all citizens should not come out of their homes from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday. Indian cricketers including Virat Kohli had supported Modi’s call.