Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar recently donated an undisclosed amount to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to combat the rising threat of coronavirus in India. With his donation, the cricketer-turned commentator became the latest entrant from the cricketing fraternity to make a contribution towards the cause. While the ex-cricketer did not himself revealed the donated amount, a source close to him revealed the information through a tweet.
Amidst the India lockdown, Sunil Gavaskar recently joined the fight against coronavirus pandemic that has reportedly claimed more than 100 lives already in the country. The amount was confirmed his son Rohan Gavaskar on Twitter soon after former Mumbai skipper Amol Muzumdar tweeted in gratitude towards the legendary cricketer for his gesture. Rohan Gavaskar not only acknowledged Muzumdar's tweet about donating ₹35 lakh to the PM Cares Fund and ₹24 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund, but also gave a fascinating reason behind the same.
🙏🏼- this was done last week . 35 because he scored 35 hundreds for India and 24 because he scored 24 for Mumbai . Prayers for everyone’s good health and that we are all safe and sound . 🙏🏼🙏🏼— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) April 7, 2020
Through his donation, Sunil Gavaskar joined the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli among several other Indian sporting personalities to have made their contribution in a fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Even former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir earlier made donations to the PM Cares Fund in order to lend a helping hand in combating the coronavirus crisis. Among cricketers from the Indian women’s team, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj and 16-year old Richa Ghosh also played major parts in helping Indian citizens tackle the coronavirus crisis.
In Maharashtra, Gavaskar's contribution amongst those sportspersons whose amounts were revealed, is second to that of Rohit Sharma, who confirmed his donation worth ₹80 lakh recently. After Gavaskar, it is Sachin Tendulkar who contributed the most with ₹50 lakh.