The coronavirus pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill at the moment. People all over the world are fighting the deadly pandemic that has claimed more than 30,000 lives all over the world and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
As far as India are concerned, there are more than 1,000 positive cases at the moment while more than two dozen people have already succumbed to the pandemic. And in these tough times, the cricket fraternity has once again made its presence felt with some exemplary gestures.
A number of cricketers – present and past – have pledged hefty donations for the fight against the pandemic and now India women team’s star Poonam Yadav has also joined the bandwagon. The spinner, who played a crucial role in India’s march to the final at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, has decided to donate as much as Rs 2 lakhs for the cause. Richa Ghosh, who also represented India in the same tournament had also stepped ahead with a financial aid of Rs 1 lakh.
“In this tough time for the country, this is the only way we can help the people because we can’t go out of our house neither we could allow someone to come in,” Poonam Yadav told Women’s CricZone.
“I was thinking of donating for a long time. Actually I was about to pay yesterday (Sunday) but the amount limit in Google Pay (an online transaction platform) is Rs 50,000. So I tried through some other platform today and it finally it happened,” she added.
Previously, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had contributed Rs 50 lakhs while current 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. On Monday, Virat Kohli too joined the fight against the pandemic. Last week, the BCCI had donated Rs 51 crore for the fight.