The news of the same was confirmed by a member of Rajasthan Royals’ team management to ANI. The source said: “It is unfortunate and our prayers are with the family at this time”
Later, Rajasthan Royals took to their social media and shared the heartbreaking news with the fans. RR wrote:
“It pains us so much to confirm that Mr Kanjibhai Sakariya lost his battle with Covid-19 earlier today. We’re in touch with Chetan and will provide all possible support to him and his family in this difficult time,”
Here, check out the tweet:
It pains us so much to confirm that Mr Kanjibhai Sakariya lost his battle with Covid-19 earlier today.
We're in touch with Chetan and will provide all possible support to him and his family in this difficult time.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 9, 2021
As the tragic news came out, social media was flooded with reactions from the netizens. From cricketers to experts and fans, everyone sent strength and prayers to Chetan Sakariya at this difficult time.
Condolences poured on social media with former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer and commentator Harsha Bhogle were among the first ones to send out their message to Chetan and his family.
Feel so much for young Chetan Sakariya who played with the most heartwarming smile you will see. Wish him strength as he mourns the passing of his father to this horrible Covid.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 9, 2021
My heart goes out to Chetan and his family. May God give them strength to cope with this loss. Stay strong @Sakariya55🙏
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 9, 2021
— Bhavya (@BhavyaDhoni) May 9, 2021
His dad Kanjibhai was a tempo driver all his life ! May his soul RIP 🙏 https://t.co/Eget6rotY7
— Kaushik LM (😷 #StaySafe) (@LMKMovieManiac) May 9, 2021
Young talent RR #ChetanSakariya ' s dad passed away from COVID – 19
May her soul rest in peace 🙏
Be strong brother 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RY3kQjdK6U
— Sourav Chanda (@iamSOUxxV) May 9, 2021
He was so emotional about getting a chance in IPL and fulfilling his father's dream. #ChetanSakariya
He said he is able to pay the bills because of his IPL contract but unfortunately they weren't enough.
Your father will be forever proud of you Champ.
RIP 🙏@Sakariya55 pic.twitter.com/wCFgy8F4OO
— Anand Abhirup // Covid Help 😷⚔️ (@AnandHR_Odia) May 9, 2021
— ✨✨LALIT KASHYAP✨✨ (@DntWorryUCanDo) May 9, 2021
— Baby Penguin (@Unkown_Fantasy) May 9, 2021
— Sonu Patel (@Sonupatel3267) May 9, 2021
it's quite easy to comeback after you conceive sixes in the game,but it's very difficult to comeback in life.
Lost his father due to Covid and few months back he lost his brother too. How much pain he will hide behind that smile now. Stay Stronger brother 🙏 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Cu8zZmhtzs
— Rahul Teotia (@imRteotia18) May 9, 2021
Sakariya had lost his brother in January this year. He was playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when his brother passed away.
It was just a few days ago when Sakariya had made a heart-touching statement that the money he received from IPL will help his family in this difficult time. He had said:
“I was lucky because I had received my part payment from Rajasthan Royals a few days ago. I straight away transferred money back home, and that is helping my family the most in my toughest time,”
“People are saying stop IPL. I want to tell them something, I am the only bread earner in my family. Cricket is the only source of my earnings. I can give better treatment to my father because of the money I earned from IPL. Had this tournament not happened for a month, it would have been tougher for me. I come from a poor family, my father all his life drove tempo and because of IPL my whole life was about to change,”