New Zealand speedster Trent Boult has said that he is grieved to see the havoc wreaked by COVID-19 in India, adding that India has given him a lot as a cricketer and as a person. Boult further extended his prayers and hoped that things can improve soon. Boult, who is an integral part of the Mumbai Indians franchise, took to Instagram and shared his views post landing in Auckland.
"My heart goes out to the people of India, while I am sad to be leaving the @mumbaiindians family and see the IPL come to an end, none of that compares to the suffering many people are going through right now. India is a place that has given me so much as a cricketer and person. I have always deeply appreciated the support that I've received from my Indian fans. This is a tragic time and I hope things can improve soon. I look forward to returning to this beautiful country when I can," Boult wrote on Instagram.
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He further expressed gratitude to the Mumbai Indians for ensuring the health and safety of the players.
"Thank you again to the @mumbaiindians for getting us all home and going above and beyond to ensure health and safety was the priority for all of the players and families. Please take care, look after one another and stay strong," he added.
CSK coach Stephen Fleming, KKR head coach Brendon McCullum were among the second lot of Kiwi cricketers that reached home on Sunday after the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 inside the IPL bubble.
According to stuff.co.nz, McCullum, Fleming along with Lockie Ferguson, Chris Gaffaney, Simon Doull and Scott Styris arrived in Auckland on Sunday evening.
The second wave of the Coronavirus has brought India on its knees. The country reported 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 2,22,96,414.