The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s lives across the country, with many turning to social media for assistance. Cricketers, who have a God-like status in India, have not backed away from their role at this critical juncture. Several of them have dedicated their resources to COVID relief, assisting individuals in desperate need. Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ravichandran Ashwin have raised awareness about the importance of wearing masks and keeping personal cleanliness, with some even donating money to the victims.
The notable cricketers who have stepped forward in these trying times are listed below.
1) Virat Kohli
As the IPL proceeded and the COVID-19 problem became a problem, Virat Kohli used the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s social media channels to spread awareness about personal cleanliness, the significance of wearing a mask, and maintaining social distance. He started a crowdfunding effort and donated Rs 2 crore to buy oxygen concentrators and medical equipment. In just seven days, the joint effort with Anushka Sharma generated Rs 11.38 crore.
2) Brett Lee
Brett Lee, a former Australian pacer, chose to give one bitcoin (about Rs 40 lakh) to aid India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He stated, “Now is the time to be united and ensure we do as much as we can to help the ones in need. I’d also want to thank all the frontline workers who have been working round the clock during these tough times.”
3) Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s top spinner, had to leave IPL 2021 midway and return home due to his entire family being quarantined. For many, his Twitter timeline became a reference point. He proved to be of great assistance to the people seeking relief information by retweeting urgent pleas for help and working with others to help the lowest members of society.
4) Laxmipathy Balaji
CSK bowling coach Lakshimapthy Balaji tested positive for COVID-19 the day before IPL 2021 was suspended. He was transported to Chennai to spent his days recovering in isolation. While he might have just focused on his rehabilitation, the former India fast bowler instead provided financial assistance to groundsmen who have been particularly badly struck by the virus.
5) Hanuma Vihari
When the situation swiftly escalated, the India Test batsman was playing county cricket in England. Vihari created WhatsApp groups with a network of volunteers to help a Telangana based team aid COVID-19 victims by providing essential contacts and medical supplies.
6) Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan stayed out of the spotlight while providing a helping hand to many in times of trouble, saying that he will be donating all of his individual prize money gathered from IPL 2021 to establishing a plasma bank. He also made a donation of INR 20 lakh for the purchase of oxygen concentrators.