BH CORRESPONDENT, CHENNAI: Thirty four-year-old cricketer from Uttar Pradesh Suresh Raina who trained with Chennai Super Kings 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 has not only been active on social media regarding coronavirus advisories but has matched his intentions with a generous amount to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Raina made the announcement on Saturday via social media Twitter. “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,” Raina said.
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
Along with the message, Raina urged the nation of 1.3 billion to observe a strict lockdown to avoid the spreading of coronavirus.
India batsman Suresh Raina took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that he has donated a generous amount to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.#SureshRaina #CoronavirusPandemic https://t.co/EDlw60cJYJ
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) March 28, 2020
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..
This year’s Indian Premier League is one of the many sporting events worldwide to be postponed and in the cricketing domain, the IPL has been postponed from March 29 until April 15 “as a precautionary measure” over the coronavirus, according to the BCCI said.
Raina’s contribution is 52 times better than compatriot Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s. Fans have expressed their disappointment over celebrity cricketers like Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh among others for not coming forward at a time when the country is bracing for a bigger health crisis as coronavirus infections begin to peak.