India is hit hard by the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic. While several hundred thousands of people are getting infected each day, thousands are losing their lives to the dreaded virus. Other than the health crisis, several people have lost their livelihoods owing to the restrictions in place to curb the spread of the infection and are struggling hard to make ends meet. In such circumstances, people from affluent backgrounds are coming out to help the ones in need and arguably the greatest Indian opinion maker, the captain of the men's cricket team, Virat Kohli, has also not shied away from the responsibility.
While he has been repeatedly urging his followers to practice all the COVID-19 protocols, he even started a fundraiser which raised over INR 11 crores to fight the pandemic. It is now being learned that Kohli has donated INR 6.77 Lakh for the treatment of former India women's cricketer KS Sravanthi Naidu's mother, SK Suman who is battling Coronavirus. Sravanthi had earlier appealed to the BCCI, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and many other associations to help her in this regard and now it is Kohli who has come to her help.
Former BCCI South Zone convenor tagged Kohli in a tweet
Notably, the modern-day great cricketer Kohli's gesture came in response to a tweet tagged to him by N Vidya Yadav, former BCCI South Zone convenor of women’s cricket. She was seeking help on behalf of Sravanthi, who had already spent over 16 Lakh for treatment of her parents, who tested positive for the infection.
"Honestly, I was amazed at his spontaneous gesture. Such a great gesture from such a great cricketer," Vidya was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
"I am also grateful to the Indian fielding coach R Sridhar who also took up the issue with Kohli," she added.
Meanwhile, the HCA Apex Council has also sanctioned INR 3 Lakh for the same cause and will release another 2 Lakh soon.