IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan will donate Rs 20 lakh and money from IPL awards towards Covid-19 relief work.© BCCI/IPL
India and Delhi Capitals batsman Shikhar Dhawan will donate Rs 20 lakh and “money from all post-match individual performance awards” that he receives all through Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 towards “Mission Oxygen”, a group of entrepreneurs working on importing oxygen concentrators and donating them to hospitals battling Covid-19. Dhawan follows former India captain Sachin Tendulkar, who had donated Rs 1 crore to the group on Thursday.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 30, 2021
“I wish to thank the entire tireless frontline workers for their improbable service. We are perpetually in your debt,” Dhawan wrote in a post on social media.
“I also urge everyone to observe all health protocols – wear a mask, sanitize and care for social distancing.”
The second one of Covid-19 infections has overwhelmed India’s healthcare system and has left citizens struggling for hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and medication among other essentials.
On Thursday, legendary India cricketer Tendulkar also made a donation and urged people to “stand together” to fight the pandemic.
Beside Dhawan and Tendulkar, Indian cricketer Jaydev Unadkat and in a foreign country professionals Nicholas Poorana and Pat Cummins have made donations in different capacities towards India’s Covid-19 relief work.
While Cummins pledged $50,000 to PM Cares Fund, Unadkar and Pooran donated a part of their IPL salaries through other channels.
Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee, IPL teams Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals among others have also made donations.
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