Former India and Bengal all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla has donated his entire IPL 2021 commentary salary to West Bengal’s Chief Minister Relief Fund to aid the fight against Covid-19.
Shukla, who served as Kolkata’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister between 2016-2019, made the announcement via Twitter on his birthday.
“I am glad that I could donate my IPL 2021 commentary’s remuneration for the state’s welfare on my birthday,” Laxmi Ratan Shukla said.
“Whatever I am today is because of the people and their support around me. Hence, on this auspicious day, if my humble contribution can make a difference to the huge calamity that we all are going through, I will consider myself lucky,” he added.
“In this time of crisis, we must all try and do our bit so that we can fight the pandemic and make the world a happy place all over again. May we all win against this difficult time. I urge one and all to maintain hygiene and wear masks, avoid gatherings and stay safe,” Shukla said.
Today, 6th May 2021, on my Birthday, am humbly Donating my entire #IPL2021 commentary fees, to the #westbengal #CHIEFMINISTERRELIEF FUND. A small contribution to fight this disastrous 2nd wave Corona Situation ,from my end for my people🙏WinCorona #COVID19 #StaySafe #India #LRS
— Laxmi Ratan Shukla (@Lshukla6) May 6, 2021
The second wave of Covid has grappled India with more than 4 lakh cases being reported every day.
In West Bengal, the Covid caseload mounted to 9,35,066 while fatalities rose to 11,964 on Thursday after the state registered a record one-day spike of 18,431 fresh infections.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla is the latest cricketer to make a contribution towards various Covid Relief Funds India.
Earlier, the likes of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Pat Cummins, Nicholas Pooran, Shikhar Dhawan, Jaydev Unadkat, Hardik, and Krunal Pandya have also made their contributions to help India fight the pandemic.
Earlier today, Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma announced that they have started a fundraiser together to raise money for Covid-19 relief in the country.
The couple is raising money through a crowd-funding platform called Kettto. And, to start off, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have donated Rs 2 Crore for the cause and they are aiming to raise a total of Rs 7 Crore.