Indian spinner Piyush Chawla suffered a tragedy on May 10 as his father succumbed to COVID-19 and died. “Lost my pillar of strength”, was what Chawla wrote in his heartfelt Instagram post where he confirmed the news of the demise of his father. The 32-year-old’s father is among several hundreds who have lost their lives due to the deadly COVID-19’s second wave. While the country’s health care infrastructure is stretched, personal losses are taking toll on the mental health of people.
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While the country may seem to be nearing the COVID-19 peak, there seems to be no end in sight. Every day reports of a political leader, a cricketer, a celebrity losing their life or losing someone close to them is becoming a common thing. On May 10, experienced Indian spinner also suffered a tragic blow when his father who was battling COVID-19 finally succumbed to the disease and died
On May 10, Chawla took to Instagram to confirm the news of his father’s death. In his heartfelt message, Chawla wrote, “With deepest grief, we announce that my beloved father, Mr. Pramod Kumar Chawla, left for the heavenly abode on 10th May 2021. He was suffering from covid and post covid complications.”
Chawla further requested the thoughts and prayers of everyone and added, “We invite your kind thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. May his noble soul rest in peace.” With the message and his father’s picture alongside it, Chawla in the caption wrote, “Life won’t be same without him anymore, lost my pillar of strength today.”
Piyush Chawla was part of both the ODI world-cup winning squad and the T20 World-cup winning squad. He was also part of the 2014 team of Kolkata Knight Riders that went on to win that edition. He was later bagged by Mumbai Indians for the 2021 edition of the tournament, but wasn’t in the final playing XI a single match.
After the news of the death of Chawla’s father was confirmed, the cricketing fraternity and fans on Twitter came forward to pay their respects and condolences.
My dear brother Piyush Chawla’s father, Pramod uncle is no more. My deepest condolences to you & your family. I pray that you go thru this difficult time with patience. Uncle was a great soul and full of life. COVID has taken one more life! pic.twitter.com/ePHLip8AAq
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 10, 2021
Condolences to Piyush Chawla and his family on the tragic loss of his father to Covid. Thoughts with Piyush in these difficult times
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 10, 2021
Our thoughts go out to Piyush Chawla who lost his father, Mr. Pramod Kumar Chawla this morning.
We are with you and your family in this difficult time. Stay strong. pic.twitter.com/81BJBfkzyv
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 10, 2021
My heartfelt condolences on the demise of Piyush Chawla’s father. I offer my thoughts and prayers in these bad times. #rip
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) May 10, 2021
It’s heartbreaking to know about the demise of Piyush’s father.
May his soul rest in peace. 🙏🏻
My condolences to him and his family & praying that God gives them all the strength to help endure this loss.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 10, 2021
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