In a bid to fight against the COVID-19 crisis across the nation, several cricketers and former players are extending support to aid India in its fight. Shikhar Dhawan and Jaydev Unadkat became the latest cricketers to contribute to the fight to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus situation in India.
Jaydev Unadkat, who has been an integral part of Rajasthan Royals, also took to his Twitter and extended his support to India in its fight against Coronavirus. He took to his Twitter and shared a video message, where he announced his contribution towards “providing essential medical resources for those in need”.
Unadkat has pledged 10% of his salary from the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. For the unversed, Unadkat was bought at the 2019 player auction for INR 8.40 crore.
In the video shared by Unadkat, he said: “I know how privileged we are to be in this position to play cricket. I also know how painful a personal loss can be, and how worrying it can be to witness your close friends fighting for their lives. I have been through both. Yet, I am not saying it is right or wrong to play cricket at the moment, but honestly, it is difficult to stay away from family and friends in this situation. All I feel is that this game brings a much-needed distraction in these uncertain times for a lot of people I know, and it brings joy to many as well.”
Further, Unadkat urged everyone to help contribute and help each other in whatever way they can. He said:
“My heart goes out to those affected in these times. Please stay strong. Let us all come together and fight as a team against this pandemic. Contribute and help each other in whatever way we can. I am contributing my part as well. Please get vaccinated whenever you can. Take care, and stay safe, everyone. We shall overcome this together.”
Here, check out the video:
I am contributing 10% of my IPL salary towards providing essential medical resources for those in need. My family will make sure it reaches the right places. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/XvAOayUEcd
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) April 30, 2021
Delhi Capitals‘ Shikhar Dhawan also took to his Twitter announced that he will be making a donation of Rs. 20 lakhs towards the Mission Oxygen initiative. He also added that he will be contributing all the post-match individual performance awards that he will receive from the IPL 2021. He wrote:
“We are in unprecedented times right now, and it is the need of the hour that we do everything possible to help each other out,” Dhawan said in a tweet. “Over the years, I have received incredible love and support from all of you, for which I am eternally grateful. It’s now my turn to give back to the people of this country.
I will be making a donation of Rs 20 lakhs, plus money from all post-match individual performance awards that I receive from the IPL 2021 towards Mission Oxygen to help fund the requirement of oxygen.”
Here, check out the Tweet of Shikhar Dhawan:
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 30, 2021