Former batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar and India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara elongate the list of notable cricketers contributing towards the relief of COVID-19 pandemic.
The deadly contagion has consumed almost 75,000 lives and reached a tally of 1.3 million, in terms of infected cases.
In India, despite a nationwide lockdown imposed, the infection has reached almost 5,000 people, involving 137 fatal cases.
As a result, the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, and Gautam Gambhir have donated significant amounts to boost the country’s fight towards the pathogen.
Pujara donated an undisclosed amount to PM-CARES Fund, while former Mumbai batsman Amol Majumdar confirmed Gavaskar donating INR 59 lakhs.
“Just heard that SMG has donated 59 lakhs towards covid relief fund. 35 to @PMCaresFunds n 24 lakhs to @CMOMaharashtra. Thumbs up superb gesture Sir,” Mujumdar told earlier.
Just heard that SMG has donated 59 lakhs towards covid relief fund. 35 to @PMCaresFunds n 24 lakhs to @CMOMaharashtra 👍 superb gesture Sir @rohangava9 @JayeshKulkarnee @Cricrajeshpk @BCCI @ClaytonMurzello pic.twitter.com/VDXGKZbyPj
— Amol Muzumdar (@amolmuzumdar11) April 7, 2020
Pujara also offered encouraging words for the frontline warriors such as the doctors and paramedical staff, whose efforts have been relentless since the virus hit the shores of the country.
🙏🏼- 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
What a terrific thought!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 7, 2020
“My family & I have contributed our bit to the PM-CARES Fund and the Gujarat CM Relief Fund, and hope that you will to,” Pujara was quoted as saying by HT.
“Every single contribution counts, so let us all do our bit, and together we will certainly overcome. We would like to convey our deepest gratitude to all the front line warriors – medical professionals, policemen/women, grocery staff, and so many others – for their dedication, courage and sacrifices in serving our nation and humanity,” he added.