MUMBAI: Star India batsman Rohit Sharma has taken second spot among Indian sportspersons in contributing to the national fight against the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. The vice-captain of the Indian ODI team has committed Rs 8 million as his personal contribution to the national effort, saying the onus is on the citizens to help the country get back on its feet.
Rohit has donated Rs 4.5 million to the PM Cares fund, Rs 2.5 million to the CM's Relief Fund (Maharashtra), and Rs 500,000 each towards Feeding India and Welfare of Stray Dogs.
"We need our country back on feet & the onus is on us. I've done my bit to donate 45lakhs to #PMCaresFunds, 25lakhs to #CMReliefFund Maharashtra, 5lakhs to @FeedingIndia and 5lakhs to #WelfareOfStrayDogs. Let's get behind our leaders and support them @narendramodi @CMOMaharashtra", the captain of the Mumbai Indians IPL franchise posted on his official Twitter handle Tuesday.
Pride of place among Indian sportspersons goes to Team India captain Virat Kohli, who along with his wife Anushka Sharma jointly donated Rs 30 million towards the relief fund, as per reports. Last week, former cricketer Suresh Raina contributed Rs 5.2 million while batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had donated Rs 5 million.
According to the Union health ministry, the death toll in India due to COVID-19 has increased to 32 while positive cases stood at 1,251 till Monday night.