David Warner gave cricket fans an insight into what it's like to travel via airplane in COVID-hit India at the moment.
With his IPL team the Sunrisers Hyperbad travelling cross-country to Delhi for a game, the Australian cricketer took to social media to share a picture of himself alongside his teammate Kane Williamson with the duo kitted out head-to-toe in personal protective equipment (PPE) suits.
You can barely see their faces in the photo with the bright blue PPE suits completely covering their bodies.
The strict safety protocols, which Warner and Williamson are clearly adhering to, come after India's sudden spike in coronavirus numbers.
The country amassed 323,144 new cases yesterday alone which brings its total to almost 17.5 million.
Australian bowler Pat Cummins recently donated $50,000 in a bid to help fight the devastating rise.
But while high-profile Indian cricketers such as Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin are doing their best to encourage people to stay home and wear a mask, the debate as to whether the IPL season needs to be put on hold is still ongoing.
Fellow IPL stars Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson have already announced their plans to leave India and return home to Australia - although it appears their travels Down Under have now come to a grinding halt.
Aussie Prime Minister announced yesterday that all flights from India have been suspended with immediate effect, meaning our cricketers are currently stranded in a quarantine limbo.
"They've travelled there privately under their own arrangements. This wasn't part of an Australian tour," ScoMo said.
"And they're under their own resources and they'll be using those resources, I'm sure, to see them return to Australia in accordance with our own arrangements."
News of the abandoned flights forced Chris Lynn into action.
The Aussie batsman reached out to Cricket Australia, urging the sport's governing body to try and arrange replacement flights to bring his fellow countrymen home.
"I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10% of every IPL contract, was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?" Lynn told News Corp.
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"I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully the government will let us get home on a private charter.
"We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over."
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