Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal changed their profile names on respective Twitter handles as a tribute to the selfless frontline warriors who have served various communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Part of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s initiative #MyCovidHeroes, Kohli, De Villiers and Chahal changed their names on Twitter to Simranjeet Singh, Paritosh Pant and Dr Nayak hours before their first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match against SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai. Their profile pictures too had these names of “My Covid Heroes” on the back of their RCB jerseys.
To acknowledge the efforts and honors the sacrifices made by these real challengers, RCB team will proudly don a tribute jersey with the message My Covid Heroes both during training and matches for the entire tournament, read an RCB release published on September 17.
“In the past few months, whenever I heard the stories of the Covid Heroes it has given me literal goosebumps,” Kohli had said at the time.
“These real challengers have made the country proud and inspired all of us to be more persistent and dedicated to our efforts to build a better tomorrow.
I am truly proud to wear RCB’s My Covid Heroes jersey as a sign of solidarity and gratitude to everyone who is right now going the extra mile to support the community at large. They have batted day and night and fought on the field, and I am honoured to call them my heroes.
Simranjeet Singh, one of Kohli’s COVID hero, is hearing impaired who raised donations for the people suffering in the pandemic. He along with his friends raised Rs. 98,000 for relief work.