"Respect And Love For The Movement He Has Started" - Virat Kohli Steps Up For COVID Relief Work Immediately After IPL 2021 Postponed

“Respect And Love For The Movement He Has Started” – Virat Kohli Steps Up For COVID Relief Work Immediately After IPL 2021 Postponed

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Inspiration on the field; an inspiration off the field as well – Virat Kohli has got himself involved in serving the COVID-19 relief causes soon after the IPL 2021 was suspended, on Tuesday.

On May 5, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper met a member of the education committee in Mumbai. A core committee Member of the Yuva Sena, Rahul N Kanal met with Virat Kohli to discuss a “movement he has started working on for COVID relief”.

“Meeting our Captain…Respect and love for the movement he has started working on for COVID relief… No words just Respect and Prayers for all his efforts !!! @imVkohli,” Kanal captioned his Twitter post with images of himself and Virat Kohli socially distanced.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli with Yuva Sena member Rahul N Kanal. Image-Twitter

RCB pledged donations for COVID relief funds

Earlier, RCB had announced financial donations to support India’s “healthcare infrastructure related to Oxygen support” as the country grapples with the vicious second wave of Covid-19.

“What’s happening in our country with the spread of the Covid virus is deeply concerning. We, as a franchise, over the past week have had focused discussions on how we can help at the ground level and assist frontline workers in these dire times,” the skipper said in a video posted by the franchise.

“RCB has identified key areas in which immediate help is required in healthcare infrastructure related to Oxygen support, and will be making a financial contribution in this regard to support this work,” he added.

While the season was still running, the franchise had also decided that they will auction a special blue kit, which the team will wear in an upcoming match, the funds going towards India’s fight against the health emergency.

However, since the tournament was halted, the RCB players were denied the opportunity to don their new blue jerseys, which were meant to “show solidarity for our frontline workers who have spent the majority of last year wearing PPE kits & leading the fight against the pandemic.”

RCB improves their performance; WTC final next challenge for Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will clash in the ICC WTC final. (Photo-Getty)

For the first time since 2016, where RCB lost in the final to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Virat Kohli’s side looked the title contender, with the batting department bolstered by Glenn Maxwell and bowling by the form of Mohammed Sirah, and additions of Kyle Jamieson and Harshal Patel. For the moment, RCB remains at the 3rd position on the points table with 5 wins in 7 games.

Now, with the IPL halted, Virat Kohli’s eyes are set on the World Test Championship final, commencing from June 18 in Southampton, against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. After the WTC final, the Indian team will stay in England to take on Joe Root’s side for a 5-match Test series.

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