Rajasthan Royals rapid launcher Jaydev Unadkat will donate 10% of his IPL salary to help COVID-19 patients in need of essential medical resources as India battles an unprecedented health crisis.
The 29-year-old from Gujarat, who was shortlisted by Rajasthan this year after being bought for Rs 3 crore at the 2020 IPL auction, made the announcement on his social media account.
“I contribute 10% of my IPL salary to provide essential medical resources to those in need. My family will make sure he reaches the right places. I Hind! Unadkat tweeted.
– Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) April 30, 2021
India faces a severe shortage of medical resources such as oxygen concentrators, medicines, beds, ventilators amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases, which has increased by 3.86 lakh since Thursday.
“Our country is going through a lot of distress and besides I know how privileged we are to be in this position to play cricket,” Unadkat wrote.
“I also know how painful personal loss can be and how disturbing it can be to watch your close friends fight for their lives. I have experienced both.
The staging of IPL amid the unprecedented health crisis has drawn global criticism.
Unadkat said: “I’m not saying it’s good or bad to play cricket right now, but honestly it’s hard to stay away from family and friends in this situation.
“All I can feel is that this game brings a much needed distraction and brings joy to many. My heart goes out to all who are affected at this time. Please be strong.
Unadkat urged people to get vaccinated and help fight the pandemic.
“Let us all come together and fight this pandemic as a team, contribute and help each one in any way we can,” he said.
“I bring my share too. Please get vaccinated whenever you can, take care of yourself and stay safe. We will overcome this together.
His Rajasthan Royals team raised 7.5 crore to help India fight the pandemic, while Delhi Capitals also contributed 1.5 crore for the cause.
Punjab Kings “Nicolas Pooran has also decided to donate part of his IPL salary to India’s COVID-19 battle.