In a brilliant gesture, England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has put the jersey he wore in last year’s World Cup final victory up for auction to raise money to fight coronavirus. The cricketing fraternity has been stepping up to join the fight against the pandemic and Jos Buttler is the latest cricket star to do his bit.
Jos Buttler did the final bit of action in England’s historic win at the Lords’ as he broke the stumps to run out Martin Guptill and seal a super-over win over New Zealand. It was England’s first-ever World Cup triumph after three heartbreaking losses in finals.
The England star has put the shirt on eBay to support two specialist heart and lung centres dealing with the coronavirus response. The highest bid was £65,700 at the time of compiling this report. The shirt will be signed by all the players from the England World Cup squad.
Jos Buttler took to Twitter to post a video to make the fans aware of his decision, saying:
“I’m going to be auctioning my World Cup final shirt to raise funds for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charity. Last week they launched an emergency appeal to provide life-saving equipment to help those affected during the Covid-19 outbreak.”
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) March 31, 2020
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket fraternity has reacted in an exemplary manner during the tough times. A number of cricketers have made generous donations for the cause. On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma donated Rs 80 lakh. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have donated an undisclosed amount but reports suggest it is Rs 3 crore.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had contributed Rs 50 lakhs while batsman Suresh Raina chipped in with Rs 52 lakh. Vice-captain of the Indian test team Ajinkya Rahane also added Rs 10 lakh to the PM fund. Last week, the BCCI had donated Rs 51 crore for the fight.
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