The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the entire world by storm since 2020. The whole world has been disrupted by its nuisance. Like everyone, the people of the cricket fraternity have been disturbed badly also. It has affected the sanity of cricket players also like common people. Since last 1 year Players have to stay in a Biobubble in order to play cricket and the rules of this Biobubble is very strict like they can’t go outside of the hotel and stadium, can’t eat any outside food, and can’t hang out with any other people except their team members. But still, they have successfully earned money which daily wagers couldn’t. So many players have come forward to donate in this crisis situation, especially in India. As the second wave of Covid-19 has had the most awful impact on India. BCCI has even canceled the IPL 2021 which was going on amidst the pandemic by following tight Covid protocols. The netizens of India wanted it to be stopped and finally, BCCI postponed it for a time being. The situation in India is not good, thousands are dying every day due to Covid-19. Being disheartened by the circumstances in India many cricketers across the world have donated to procure oxygen shortage in India amid the pandemic- Virat Kohli, Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, Pathan brothers, Hardik Pandya, IPL franchises, etc.
Virat Kohli donated INR 2 Crore Along With Wife Anushka Sharma
Indian captain Virat Kohli and his actress wife Anushka Sharma have started to run a fundraiser campaign on 7th May with the help of the fund-collecting stage “Ketto”. Their motto is to accumulate 7 Crore rupees via this initiative, the couple has donated 2 Crore rupees in the fund of Ketto. They have also urged everyone to contribute to the fight against Covid as per their capability.
Rohit Sharma Donated INR 80 Lakhs In The Covid Crisis
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has not also been behind to donate in the Covid crisis. Sharma donated a sum of 80 lakh rupees in this emergency. He contributed 45 lakhs rupees in PM Cares fund, 25 Lakhs Maharashtra CM’s relief fund, 5 lakhs to feed the people of India, and 5 lakhs to feed the street dogs.
Sachin Tendulkar Donated INR 1 Crore Rupees For Oxygen Procurement
The legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar donated 1cr rupees to combat the shortage of oxygen in India. India’s major problem in the second wave has been the lack of oxygens in hospitals. Sachin had tested positive for corona during the Road Safety series 2021.
Gautam Gambhir Donated 200 Oxygen Concentrators
The 2011 World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir has donated 200 oxygen concentrators to needy people in his locality. Gambhir has also stood by his nation, whenever India faced problems. The noble gesture of Gambhir has been praised a lot by the people of India.
Ajinkya Rahane Donated 30 Oxygen Concentrators
Indian test cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has donated 30 oxygen concentrators in this hour of plight. Rahane contributed it to mission Vayu, which is providing oxygen concentrators to the most affected people in Maharashtra.
Shikhar Dhawan Donated The Post-Match Received Money For His Performance In IPL 2021
Indian southpaw Shikhar Dhawan has donated 20 lakhs rupees and all the money he earned after every match in IPL 2021 for his performance. He has also requested people to donate plasma to indigent people.
Pandya Brothers Provided 200 Oxygen Concentrators
The rising stars of the Indian team Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal Pandya) have provided 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural party so that the distressed people can get help. Pandya brothers have won many matches for India with their fighting spirit on the field, likewise, they showed their big heart in the massive fight against Covid-19.
Pathan Brothers Covid Donation
The former Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (Pathan Brothers) have provided free meals to the poor people, who have lost their jobs in the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yusuf Pathan won the 2011 World Cup and on the other hand, Irfan was the Man of the Match in the 2007 T20 World Cup final.
Rishabh Pant Covid Donation
The young sensation of India, Rishabh Pant has also been the poor people of India in this critical situation. He has donated some amount to the “Hemkunt Foundation”, which has been arranging beds and oxygen for the people in need.
Australian Cricketers and Cricket Board
Among foreign cricket boards, the Australian Cricket Board has donated 50000 dollars to the UNICEF Fund, which helped India in the Covid emergency. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has also made a donation of $50000 in the UNICEF fund during the IPL 2021. The former fast bowler Brett Lee has also expressed his grief regarding the current condition in India and donated 1 bitcoin, which is worth above 4000000 lakh rupees. It was a joy to see overseas players coming up to assist India when it matters the most.
Rajasthan Royals left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat has donated 10 percent of his IPL 2021 salary. His IPL 2021 salary is INR 3 Cr. Saurashtra and KKR’s wicket-keeper batsman Sheldon Jackson has given his contribution to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation, which has been working tirelessly to assist people in Delhi. Jackson didn’t unveil the amount he provided. From Bengal Sreevats Goswami gave a donation of 90000 rupees, Goswami plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL.
IPL Franchises Covid Donation
Rajasthan Royals was the first IPL franchise to donate for the Covid fight in India. They made a huge donation of $1 million. The RCB has also helped with a big amount but didn’t disclose the amount. Delhi Capitals has also extended support, donating 1.5 cr rupees to Delhi-based NGOs “Hemkunt Foundation” and “Uday Foundation”.
Among West Indians, Nicholas Pooran has donated some part of his salary after seeing the worst condition in India.