On Saturday, the veteran Indian cricketer, Suresh Raina took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that he has donated a generous amount to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Meanwhile, the cricket fraternity has put their hand up to help the country in such a difficult scenario. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan and Pathan brothers – Irfan and Yusuf – helped the needy.
Raina’s tweet read: “It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging 52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath”.
It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging ₹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (₹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & ₹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 28, 2020
Suresh Raina also participated in NDTV’s #IStayHome4 campaign on Wednesday. He took to Twitter and posted a picture in which he can be seen holding a poster that read, “I love my family. Do you? I am staying home to protect them. Are you?”.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 25, 2020
With this message, Raina urged the Indian people to take the strict lockdown seriously which will be helping in avoiding the spreading of coronavirus. India went into a 21-day “total lockdown” at midnight on Tuesday, with anyone ignoring the order facing up to two years in jail and a fine.
Raina trained with his Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teammates MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Piyush Chawla among others in Chennai during the first week of March before the training camp was called off due to Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the many sporting events worldwide to be postponed including the Tokyo Olympics, which has been delayed until next year. For now, the start of the IPL has been suspended till April 15 “as a precautionary measure” over the coronavirus, the BCCI said.