The entire country is facing a 21-day lockdown due to the spread of Coronavirus, which is termed as a pandemic by WHO. Almost everything in the country has come to a standstill. In this crisis, several sportspersons, including current and former cricketers, have stepped forward and donated to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund along with their respective CM Relief Funds.
A few days ago, India’s iconic Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19.
Suresh Raina also came forward and gave 52 lakhs to the relief funds. Even the BCCI and its affiliated state units donated Rs 51 crore to the PM-CARES fund.
Now, India’s cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, has also joined the elite list. On Tuesday, he donated Rs 59 lakh to fight the Coronavirus outbreak. However, Gavaskar didn’t reveal the news, but former Mumbai batsman Amol Majumdar took to social media to confirm the donation.
As per Majumdar, the ”Little Master” donated Rs 35 lakh to PM-CARES fund and remaining Rs 24 lakh to the Maharashtra state government’s COVID-19 relief fund. But many don’t know that there is a special reason behind this donation.
Gavaskar’s son Rohan took to twitter and revealed why his father chose Rs 59 lakh as a donation amount. He said his father gave 35 lakh to the PM relief fund because of his 35 centuries for India. While 24 for the state relief fund because Gavaskar smashed 24 hundreds for Mumbai.
“This was done last week. 35 because he scored 35 hundreds for India and 24 because he scored 24 for Mumbai. Prayers for everyone’s good health and that we are all safe and sound,” Rohan wrote on Twitter.
🙏🏼- this was done last week . 35 because he scored 35 hundreds for India and 24 because he scored 24 for Mumbai . Prayers for everyone’s good health and that we are all safe and sound . 🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) April 7, 2020
Gavaskar is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. He played 125 Tests and accumulated 10122 runs, including 34 hundreds. In 108 ODIs, the 1983 World Cup winner amassed 3092 runs, including a hundred. In first-class cricket, Gavaskar played 348 games and clubbed 25,834 runs including 81 tons.