The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc in India and cricketers who are taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are doing their part to contribute for relief. While a cloud of doubt was hanging over the tournament, it was Australian pacer Pat Cummins who made the first donation, contributing USD 50,000 to PM Cares Fund. Fellow Aussie Brett Lee who is now a commentator then donated 1 BitCoin.
Indians then started to follow suit with the likes of Shreevats Goswami and Sheldon Jackson doing their part. Today, Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Jaydev Unadkat pledged to donate 10% of his salary from IPL 2021 for COVID-19 relief. In that vein, India and Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan has also decided to donate a sum of Rs. 20 lakh along with post-match rewards to ‘Mission Oxygen’, the same NGO to whom Sachin Tendulkar also pledged Rs. 1 crore.
Shikhar Dhawan announces donation on social media
Shikhar Dhawan took to Twitter today to announce that he was donating for the cause of COVID-19 relief. He wrote, “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 ₹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.”
“I would like to thank all the tireless frontline workers for their incredible service. We are forever in your debt,” he wrote. “I also urge everyone to observe all health protocols – wear a mask, sanitize and maintain social distancing. Please step out only when necessary. Together, we will win,” Dhawan signed off.