PM CARES Fund: Sunil Gavaskar, Cheteshwar Pujara make contributions
Sunil Gavaskar and Cheteshwar Pujara are the latest from the cricket fraternity to donate to the ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)
Bengaluru: India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and former captain Sunil Gavaskar have contributed to the ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund).
Pujara, who has played 71 Tests, announced on Tuesday (April 7) that he and his family have contributed to PM CARES Fund to help India fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The right-handed batsman also donated to Gujarat chief minister’s relief fund.
The 31-year-old, however, did not disclose the amount. He also thanked all the medical professionals, police and others who were working hard.
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“My family and I have contributed our bit to the PM Cares Fund and Gujarat CM Relief Fund, and hope you will too. We are thankful to all the medical professionals, police men and women and all others who are out there working hard for our country and humanity,” Pujara wrote on his Twitter account.
Former Mumbai captain Amol Muzumdar said on Twitter that Gavaskar had donated Rs 59 lakh (Rs 35 lakh to PM CARES Fund and Rs 24 lakh to Maharashtra chief minister’s relief fund).
“Just heard that SMG has donated 59 lakhs towards covid relief fund. 35 to @PMCaresFunds n 24 lakhs to @CMOMaharashtra superb gesture Sir (sic),” Muzumdar wrote on Tuesday.
Gavaskar's son Rohan said his father had donated Rs 35 lakh to PM CARES Fund as he had scored 35 hundreds for India. And, Rs 24 lakh to Maharashtra CM relief fund because he scored 24 tons for Mumbai.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Anil Kumble, Ajinkya Rahane and other cricketers have also donated to PM CARES Fund and various states’ chief minister relief fund.
India is currently under a 21-day lockdown. All cricket matches have been suspended. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) has been deferred till April 15. It was scheduled to start on March 29.