Nicholas Pooran, swashbuckling Punjab Kings batsman, has decided to donate a portion of his IPL 2021 salary to aid India’s battle with the Covid-19. Over 300,00 positive cases and more than 2,000 deaths per day are recorded for the last 4 days as the country grapples with the second wave of the coronavirus.
Nicholas Pooran joins the list of cricketers who have pledged financial support to India, which is observing a shortage of oxygen supplies and other healthcare facilities.
“Although many other countries are still being affected by the pandemic, the situation in India right now is particularly severe. I will do my part to bring awareness and financial assistance to this dire situation,” Nicholas Pooran tweeted with a heartfelt message.
It was Pat Cummins, the Kolkata Knight Riders spearhead pacer, who was the first cricketer involved in the IPL to announce his donation. The Aussie donated US$ 50,000 to the PM CARES Fund; Brett Lee then supported the country with a donation of one bitcoin. Following the Aussies, many cricketers joined the suit, and their franchises have made announcements of their donations and partnerships with organizations that are helping covid patients and hospitals.
Although many other countries are still being affected by the pandemic, the situation in India right now is particularly severe. I will do my part to bring awareness and financial assistance to this dire situation.#PrayForIndia pic.twitter.com/xAnXrwMVTu
— nicholas pooran #29 (@nicholas_47) April 30, 2021
Nicholas Pooran waiting to hit his straps in the IPL 2021
Nicholas Pooran was one of the star performers last season, scoring 353 runs at a strike rate of 169.71. However, the left-hander is yet to put up any notable performance in the tournament and has flattered to deceive hitherto. In fact, he has had a dismal season so far: he registered 3 ducks in his first 4 innings this season.
He got some runs – 19 off 19 – under his belt in Punjab’s last match against Kolkata Knight Riders, but couldn’t make any significant score.
While the West Indian is highly unlikely to be dropped from the side, despite the N0. 1 ICC T20I batsman Dawid Malan on the bench, the southpaw would like to get back amongst runs soon, so will Punjab, who has 4 points in 6 matches. KL Rahul’s side will take on the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday in Ahmedabad.