IPL 2021: CSK’s Suresh Raina pays tribute to former cricketer Prashant Mohapatra who loses battle to COVID-19 – Chennai Super Kings and India batsman Suresh Raina, who is back with his family in Uttar Pradesh after the suspension of IPL 2021, paid tribute to former cricketer and BCCI match referee Prashant Mohapatra.
Prashant Mohapatra, the former Odisha cricket team captain and son of late sculptor and Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra, succumbed to Covid-19 while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday. AIIMS superintendent Sachidananda Mohanty informed about the development today.
Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Prashant Mohapatra sir. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family. Om Shanti. 🙏 https://t.co/7Y2ZwZTXgs
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) May 19, 2021
Raina took to Twitter and wrote,” Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Prashant Mohapatra sir. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family. Om Shanti.”
Prashant was put in ventilator support after his condition worsened following Covid infection. A special team of doctors were monitoring his condition at the hospital.
“A four-member team was treating him and constantly monitoring his health condition. Despite all our efforts, we could not save him. There is no improvement in the condition of his brother Jashobant too,” informed AIIMS Bhubaneswar Medical Superintendent Sachidananda Mohanty.
Prashant had played 45 first-class cricket matches and 17 lists A matches during his career as a player for Odisha. He had played his debut match against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy season 1990. He had also acted as a referee in 48 first-class, 45 list A and 49 T20 matches.
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina earlier had taken to Twitter to motivate everyone amid the devastating coronavirus pandemic. Taking to Twitter, Raina saluted everyone for their fight against the virus. “This isn’t a joke anymore! So many lives at stake & never felt so helpless in life. No matter how much we want to help, but we are literally running out of resources. Every single person of this country deserves a salute right for standing by each other to save lives! #WeCandoit”, he wrote.