“The Responsibility To Protect Our Country is On Us”
Indian attacking opening batsman and vice-captain of limited-overs cricket team Rohit Sharma have come forward to help India’s battle against the deadly coronavirus.
He has joined the list of cricketers who have donated money for the cause of fighting the fast-spreading virus.
He said he donated Rs 45 lakhs to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), Rs 25 lakhs to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for Maharashtra, Rs 5 lakhs to Zomato Feeding India and Rs 5 lakhs towards the welfare of stray dogs.
The 32-year-old who donated 80 lakh rupees on the whole also said that the responsibility to bring the country back on its feet is on the people of the country.
He tweeted, “We need our country back on feet & the onus is on us. I’ve done my bit to donate 45lakhs to #PMCaresFunds, 25lakhs to #CMReliefFund Maharashtra, 5lakhs to @FeedingIndia and 5lakhs to #WelfareOfStrayDogs. Let’s get behind our leaders and support them @narendramodi @CMOMaharashtra.”
Cricketers Extend Huge Support In Corona Battle
Many cricketers have pledged support to take part in fighting the health crisis by telling people how to deal with the pandemic and asking them to stay in homes and by donating money.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma have donated an undisclosed amount to the PM Relief Fund on Monday.
Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina got appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said that it was a brilliant fifty referring to the Rs 50 lakhs aid he gave to drive away from the outbreak.
Other cricketers who decided to provide monetary help to fight the pandemic include batting great Sachin Tendulkar, former captain Sourav Ganguly, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkye Rahane. The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) has donated a whopping 50 crores rupees.
India is serving a 21-day lockdown to prevent further spreading of the disease, which has infected over 1000 people in the country.