The COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc in the country with as many as 3.8 lakh cases and more being reported on a daily basis. With a state of perpetual panic and uncertainty existing in the country, several cricketers who are taking part in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) have come forward to make donations and play their part in the fight against the second wave of the pandemic.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins was the first to contribute as he donated USD 50,000. Soon a plethora of players including Sheldon Jackson, Shreevats Goswami, Jaydev Unadkat, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and commentator Brett Lee followed suit. Now, the Pandya brothers – Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have also made their contribution by donating 200 oxygen concentrators to rural parts of India.
Hardik Pandya expresses gratitude to frontline workers
Hardik Pandya spoke ahead of Mumbai Indians’ match over Chennai Super Kings and revealed the news saying, We all understand the difficulty that our country is undergoing at this period of time. Gratitude to all the medical staff, frontline workers and all the individuals. Krunal, myself and my mother – basically our entire family, we were finding ways at trying to help out. We decided to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India where I feel the medical field needs more support. We all understand it’s difficult, we want to show our gratitude, support and just want to tell everyone that they’re always there in our prayers.“
Speaking about his own cricketing for, he said, “It’s a matter of time before I get back to form, I believe that the process is more important than the outcome. In sports, we do have ups and downs. Success and failures will not change my process, for me, every day is a new day, no matter if I score 0 or 100, it’s a fresh start every time, I believe in the process and will wait for my opportunity. It’s just the kind of support we have as a team (Mumbai Indians), we have always come out and done the right things on the field. It has always been a collective effort and people have stood up at the right time.”