Amid questions over IPL 2021’s continuation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, the franchises have not only expressed their solidarity but also contributed in monetary terms. Rajasthan Royals became the latest one to do, chipping in with a mammoth INR 7.5 crores (over $1 million) towards COVID-19 relief to help people needing immediate support. India recorded an enormous 3,70,000 cases on Thursday.
India has witnessed a rapid surge in COVID-19 infections in the last few days as the country has piled up over 300000 cases. The nation has also seen an alarming rise in fatalities since there is a shortage of oxygen cylinders, leading India to seek help from other countries. Due to the vicious second wave, several state governments have also imposed a lockdown to curb the spread.
Players and the team management have come forward to raise funds and have been working with the Royals’ charity organization, namely, Royal Rajasthan Foundation (RRF), in a partnership with the British Asian Trust (BAT). British Asian Trust reportedly works with the Indian government on several initiatives, mainly in the area of skills and education.
Prince Charles, the Trust founder, has come up with an emergency “Oxygen for India” appeal, focussed on the acquisition and distribution of oxygen devices that can provide the enriched gas straight from the air and keep patients stable when the hospital supplies are under strain. The funds raised by the Rajasthan Royals will initially be focussed on Rajasthan, where the RRF, chaired by Ranjit Barthakur, has several initiatives it continues to endorse.
Rajasthan Royals in a strong position against the Mumbai Indians currently:
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals’ performance in IPL 2021 has been average thus far. Under their new captain, Sanju Samson, the inaugural IPL champions have managed to rack up two wins out of four games. Nevertheless, the current clash against the Mumbai Indians in Delhi have them in the driver’s seat thus far, as they have batted well after losing the toss.