Indian Cricketer: Priya Punia loses mother to COVID-19

Sarita Dey
3 years ago

India international Priya Punia, who is part of the UK-bound women’s cricket squad. She has lost her mother to COVID-19. The 24-year-old cricketer wrote a heartfelt post on social media after her mother succumbed to the deadly virus.

Priya Punia’s mother, Saroj, succumbed to COVID-19 at the Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur on Tuesday. She was put on the ventilator but her condition deteriorated this morning.

“Today I realised why you always told me to be strong. You knew that one day I would need the strength to bear the loss of yours. I miss you so mom! No matter the distance I know you are always there with me. My guiding star, my mom.. Love you always,” Punia wrote on Instagram.

“Some truth in life are hard to accept. Your memories will never be forgotten! Rest In Peace Mom. Please follow the rules and take precautions. This virus is very dangerous,” she added.

The Indian squad will assemble in Mumbai on May 19 and, subsequently, undergo a hard quarantine before its departure with the men’s team in the first week of June.

Punia is part of the Indian team that will tour England for a one-off Test and limited-overs series. She made her debut in February 2019 and has so far played seven ODIs and three T20Is.

While the Indian cricketers are supposed to reach Mumbai for their quarantine on Wednesday, it is not clear whether Punia will join them immediately.

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