In a wonderful gesture, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowler Pat Cummins made a generous contribution of $50,000 for India’s fight against Covid-19 and urged his fellow players who are featuring in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to extend their help. The donation towards PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India’s COVID-19 ravaged hospitals.
He is back in the IPL to continue, saying he has been “advised” that the Indian government views it “as few hours of joy” in a difficult time. Cummins issued a statement on Twitter to confirm the same and said while his amount might not be enough, it should help someone in need. “India is a country I have come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met. To know so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly. There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while COVID-9 infection rates remain high. I’m advised that the Indian Government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country,” Cummins said in a statement.
Cummins, who was bought for a whopping Rs 15 crore by KKR at IPL 2020 auction, said it was the time to channelise emotion into action to help others. The Australian speedster also appealed to his fellow players and his fans to come forward to help India in its fight against the pandemic.