Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Jayadev Unadkat will donate 10 per cent of his IPL salary to help COVID-19 patients in need of medical resources as India battles an unprecedented health crisis.
The 29-year-old from Gujarat, who retained Rajasthan this year after being bought for Rs 3 crore in the 2020 IPL auction, made the announcement on his social media account.
“I am contributing 10% of my IPL salary to provide the necessary medical resources to those in need. My family will see to it that it reaches the right places. Jai Hind!”, Unadkat tweeted.
I contribute 10% of my IPL salary to provide the necessary medical resources to those in need. My family makes sure it reaches the right places. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/XvAOayUEcd
– Jayadev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) April 30, 2021
India is facing a severe crisis of medical resources such as oxygen concentrations, drugs, beds and ventilators in the wake of rising number of Kovid-19 cases, which rose to 3.86 lakh from Thursday.
“Our country is facing a lot of difficulties and I know how special we are in this position to play cricket in that regard,” Unadkat wrote.
“I also know how painful personal loss can be and how anxious it can be to see your loved ones fighting for your best friends. I have overcome both.”
Managing the IPL amid unprecedented health crisis has led to criticism around the world.
Unadkat said: “I am not saying that playing cricket is right or wrong at the moment but honestly it is difficult to stay away from family and friends in this situation.
“This game brings much needed distraction and gives a lot of joy. My heart goes out to all those affected at this time. Please be strong.”
Unadkat urged the people to be vaccinated and co-operate in this fight against the epidemic.
“Let us all work together as a team to fight this epidemic. Let everyone cooperate and help us in any way we can,” he said.
“I’m also doing my part. Please vaccinate, be careful and be safe whenever you can. We will overcome this together.”
His team Rajasthan Royals raised Rs 7.5 crore to help India fight the epidemic, while Delhi Capitals also provided Rs 1.5 crore.
Kings of Punjab “Nicholas Pooran also decided to donate a portion of his IPL salary to the Indian Kovid-19 war.