Rajasthan Royals pacer loses father to COVID-19

Sakariya impressed while playing for Rajasthan Royals this season and had transferred his IPL salary to help his father fight the deadly virus.

Abhinav GoelAuthor

Updated - 09 May 2021 02:21 PM


Rajasthan Royals and Saurashtra fast bowler Chetan Sakariya's father passed away on Sunday due to COVID-19. The youngster's father had been admitted to a private hospital few days back after contracting COVID-19. Sakariya’s father Kanjibhai was a tempo-driver in Vartej, a small town 10 kilometers from Bhavnagar in Gujarat.

Sakariya used IPL 2021 salary for treatment of father

Sakariya opened up about using his IPL 2021 salary for the medical treatment of his father.

“I was lucky because I had received my part payment from Rajasthan Royals a few days ago. I straight away transferred money back home, and that is helping my family the most in my toughest time as I am the only earner in family,” Sakariya said while expressing gratitude to Rajasthan Royals. Sakariya had rushed to hospital to see his dad after IPL 2021 was suspended.

Few months ago, Chetan Sakariya's brother had also passed away after he committed suicide. This season, Sakariya impressed massively and picked 7 wickets in 7 matches at a decent economy of 8.22 for Rajasthan Royals.

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Virender Sehwag had heaped praise on Chetan Sakariya after his impressive IPL debut against Punjab Kings, wherein the youngster finished his spell with figures of 3/31 from four overs. Sehwag also shared the inspirational journey of Chetan and termed him a 'great prospect' for the future.


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