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Indian Football: Sunil Chhetri Reveals That Social Media Helped 'Humanity' During the Second Wave of COVID-19

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri is India's most popular footballer
Sunil Chhetri is India's most popular footballer / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

India national team skipper and talisman, Sunil Chhetri has hailed the impact of social media in present day society, revealing that the presence of such a thing has helped spread "humanity" during the second wave of Covid-19 in India.

Chhetri who is India's most popular football had offered his Twitter account which has more than 15 lakh followers to "real-life captains" in order to share critical information with regards to hospital beds, medicine and ambulance availability - with this being in April, when the country was facing the peak of the second wave.

“My team and I used social media (Twitter) and started getting in touch with these beings who were helping out others. Once we finalised the plan and got those people to access our Twitter account, I dedicated two hours of my day to figure it out. There were days when queries were coming out every minute," he said at Twitter Marketing India’s ‘Share of Voice' platform.

"Dealing with the constant news of desperation wasn't easy. But there was a silver lining. People on social media helped with hospital information, ambulances, medicines, and beds as well. That's when I realised how social media can help humanity. I came across heroes and learnt a lot in that phase. There were so many stories around us - some were sad, some were triumphs, and few gave us hope."

The 36-year-old also reiterated that he realised that he needed to help people soon after both his family and him contracted COVID-19.