'We need our country back on feet & the onus is on us.'
Star India batsman Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 80 lakh to fight the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic, saying the onus is on the citizens to help the country get back on its feet.
Rohit, who is the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team, has donated Rs 45 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund and Rs 25 lakh to the and CM's Relief Fund (Maharashtra) respectively.
He has given Rs 5 lakh to 'Zomato Feeding India', which is helping families affected by the ongoing national lockdown, and another Rs 5 lakh to help aid the 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," tweeted the elegant right handed batsman on Tuesday morning.
Rohit joined the list of top sportsmen comprising batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Virat Kohli, Test team-mate Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina among others who have generously donated for the cause.
Maharashtra is one of the worst affected states in the pandemic with the positive cases in the state standing at 225 till Tuesday morning.
In India, according to the union health ministry, the death toll due to COVID-19 has increased to 32 while the cases have soared to 1,251 till Monday night.
Anil Kumble does his bit in fight against COVID19
Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday made a donation to the Central and Karnataka state relief funds to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
"To bowl out #Covid19India we all need to come together and fight this battle. I have made my humble contributions to #PMCaresFund #PMNRF and #CMReliefFund @PMOIndia @narendramodi @CMofKarnataka @BSYBJP Please do #StaySafeStayHome," he tweeted.
The legendary leg-spinner however refrained from disclosing the amount he has donated.
Kumble thus joined a host of leading sportspersons like batting mastero Sachin Tendulkar, India skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, Mithali Raj, pugilist Mary Kom among others who have generously contributed for the noble cause.