As India fights an unparalleled health crisis, Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat will donate 10% of his IPL salary to support COVID-19 patients in need of vital medical services.
The 29-year-old Gujarati made the announcement on his social media account after being retained by Rajasthan this year after being bought for 3 crores in the 2020 IPL auction.
“I am contributing 10% of my IPL salary towards providing essential medical resources for those in need. My family will make sure it reaches the right places. Jai Hind!,” Unadkat tweeted.
In the face of a rising number of COVID-19 incidents, which has increased by 3.86 lakh since Thursday, India is facing a severe shortage of medical services such as oxygen concentrators, drugs, beds, and ventilators.
“Our country is going through a lot of distress and for that matter, I know how privileged we are to be in this position to play cricket,” Unadkat wrote.
“I also know how painful a personal loss can be and how worrying it can be to witness your close friends fighting for their lives. I have been through both.” Staging the IPL amid the unprecedented health crisis has led to global criticism.
Unadkat said: “I am not saying it is right or wrong to play cricket at the moment but honestly it is difficult to stay away from family and friends in this situation.
“All I feel is that this game brings a much-needed distraction and brings joy for many. My heart goes to all those affected at this time. Please be strong.” Unadkat urged people to get vaccinated and contribute to this fight against the pandemic.
“Let us all come together and fight as a team against this pandemic, contribute and help each in whatever way we can,” he said.
“I am contributing my part as well. Please get vaccinated whenever you can, take care, and stay safe. We shall overcome this together.”
His team, the Rajasthan Royals, has raised 7.5 crores to aid India’s fight against the pandemic, with the Delhi Capitals contributing 1.5 crores. Nicolas Pooran of the Punjab Kings has also agreed to contribute a portion of his IPL salary to India’s COVID-19 campaign.