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5 Cricketers who did their bit for Society and set a great example | The Youth Special

When Indian captain Virat Kohli did his bit for society:

Everyone is well aware of the fact that Virat Kohli is an aggressive cricketer besides being a world-class batsman and as a captain. He has been criticised by many for his inappropriate language on the field. But one side alone doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Indian captain is sensitive towards society and has done many notable charitable works. Kohli had officially joined Smile Foundation and had done massive charity with their collaboration. He had started a charitable foundation named ‘Virat Kohli Foundation: VKF’ and has donated crores of rupees for various causes.

VKF had also conducted a fundraising Football match along with Abhishek Bachan’s Charitable Trust and raised millions for the needy people. He often spends his leisure time with orphanage and old age homes. This sums up the essential Virat Kohli for you.

In September 2017, he had pledged to help other sports by donating 2 crore rupees and within a short period of time, the federation received a cheque. As per Sportskeeda website, Virat Kohli reportedly allotted scholarship to 8-10 Indian athletes.

If sources are to be believed, he gives away a huge part of his earnings towards underprivileged kids and also avoids media coverage.

Talking about his secret visit to Old age home, Kohli got emotional and said, “It’s our responsibility to take care of elders, don’t send them to the orphanage. Send them to me. I’ll take care of them”.

Krunal Pandya gives Blank Cheque to cricketer who’s battling for life

Besides being rich, cricketers have a philanthropic attitude, which hardly many are aware of. We praise them for their personal achievements during the match. But they do contribute to the less-unfortunate people behind the scenes.

In a heartwarming gesture, Krunal Pandya who is the brother of Hardik Pandya stepped up to provide timely assistance to former India cricketer Jacob Martin who has been in a critical condition after he met with an accident on December 28. The victim was in desperate need of help as he could not meet the financial expenses of the medical treatment.

The 46-year-old Jacob Martin has been on a ventilator after ‘suffering lung and liver injuries’, after which Martin’s wife appealed to India’s governing body BCCI for help. Thankfully, the board acted promptly and sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for Martin’s treatment.

After that, Krunal Pandya has offered a blank cheque to the Martin family, requesting them to withdraw cash as much as they need to meet the expenses. The cricketer left the cheque with former Baroda Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Patel, who was one of the first to step forward in Martin’s assistance. The Association has sanctioned a sum of Rs 3 lakh.

Sourav Ganguly, who was skipper of the Indian cricket team when Martin made his debut, also made a bank transfer to support Martin.

It has been learnt that the approximate cost of Martin’s treatment is Rs 70,000 a day. Many cricketers including Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan have stepped forward to help Martin.

As per a report in The Telegraph, Krunal Pandya said to Patel that the family could write down any amount on the cheque as long as it is not less than Rs. 1 lakh.

People on Social media showered praise on Krunal Pandya and other cricketers who came forward in Jacob Martin’s aid.

Untold story of MS Dhoni- who did his part behind the scenes

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s simplicity and honesty have never been in doubt. The down-to-earth personality is a huge inspiration to all cricket followers. Known for the knack of captaincy, wicketkeeping, batting traits, swift stumping, quick running between the wickets, last ball six, helicopter shots, ICC trophies and so on, his contribution towards Indian cricket is so good that it cannot be put it in words.

MS Dhoni is the only captain in the history of cricket to have won 3 ICC trophies – ICC World Cup 2007, ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Even after given up international captaincy on January 4, 2017, he still has extended his services as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

He has always worked behind the scenes to offer some crunch tips to Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the deciding phase of the game. Sometimes we just run short of adjectives to describe MSD in one word. He has done so much for India and is still extending his valuable contributions to the Indian cricket team.

The bat which MS Dhoni hit the winning shot for a six against Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2011 final was auctioned for a staggering price of Rs.72 lakhs. The aim was to raise funds for MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi’s charitable organisation, ‘Sakshi Foundation’ that works for underprivileged children in India. The bat was purchased by RK Global, an investment group.

MS Dhoni has great admiration for the Indian Army. He is an honorary rank-holder for time being. He himself once told that he would serve the Indian army once he retires from cricket. He donated 20 lakh rupees for the Indian Army soldiers who were badly injured in the line of duty. MS Dhoni’s charitable foundation received as many as 20000 pounds out of the 300,000 raised during the inaugural T20 fundraiser named ‘Cricket for Heroes’ held at The KIA Oval.

In the match, MS Dhoni hit the winning runs for his side Heroes XI against Rest of the World XI. Out of the 300,000 pounds raised during this match, the Help for Heroes Foundation has donated 20000 pounds towards Dhoni’s Charitable Foundation. MS Dhoni has also donated his wicketkeeping gloves and pads in a bid to raise funds for a liver cancer patient in Kolkata. He has been doing many things behind the scenes and doesn’t want to show off in public. That’s his speciality.

Sehwag offers educational support to children of Jawans martyred in Pulwama Terror Attack

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag won our hearts after he announced that he can offer to take complete care of the education of the children of all the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel martyred in the deadliest terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district

Sehwag took to his Twitter handle and said that it will be an honour for him to sponsor the education of the children. “Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool, Jhajjar. Saubhagya Hoga,” Sehwag tweeted.

At least 44 CRPF personnel were martyred and several others were injured when a Jaish suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 350 kg of explosives into a CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, in what is considered as the deadliest attack in the last 3 decades. India paid tribute to the Jawans who lost their lives.

Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred. No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” Sehwag wrote.

The untold story of Tendulkar which media never showed you

There are many instances when Sachin Tendulkar proved he is the ‘master of charity’. He loves giving back to the society he cares a lot. He earned a staggering fan-following all around the world for his impeccable ability to rule the sport which he truly loved the most.

You should know about the other side of Sachin Tendulkar as well. Apart from being the greatest cricketer to have graced the sport, he accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination proposed by the President of India in April 2012 where he became the first active sportsperson and cricketer to have been nominated. Sachin took charge at the office officially on 4 June. The honest person also ignored to take the bungalow allotted to him in the national capital region calling it “waste of taxpayers’ money” as he resides in Mumbai.

After his term as Rajya Sabha MP came to a close recently, he has donated his entire Rajya Sabha salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. It has been learnt that Sachin Tendulkar has drawn nearly Rs. 90 lakh in salaries and other monthly allowances. The PMO has praised the touching gesture by Mr Tendulkar. “Prime Minister acknowledges this thoughtful gesture and conveys his gratitude. These contributions will be of immense help in providing assistance to the persons in distress.”

Sachin Tendulkar has also turned the chapters of many students as he wants to build a bright future for the Indian students. He sanctioned corpus funds for the development of 20 schools as well as educational institute projects worth Rs. 7.4 crore through the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD).

Guru Govind Singh T School is one of the first schools where Sachin stepped forward to sanction funds, for the construction and improving the qualities of classrooms. Apart from funding the infrastructure for several other schools and educational institutes, Tendulkar has also been supporting public services such as police departments. He sanctioned Rs.15 lakhs for the development of infrastructure as well as water supply equipment for police training institute in Tasgaon city of Sangli district in Maharashtra.

Funding of the schools and educational institute projects include the construction of improvisation of school buildings, compound walls, libraries, laboratories, common rooms for girls, toilets, purchase computers. The significant projects are the construction of a school for the mentally challenged in Ahmednagar, a multimedia classroom for deaf children in the school of Cherkela, Kasargod (Kerala) and a hostel for Tai speaking students in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Tendulkar has sanctioned funds for schools and colleges also in the remotest areas in India through the construction of buildings, labs, classrooms, and hostels.

Sachin has also sanctioned funds of over Rs. 40 lakhs from his MPLAD for the construction of a school building in Drugmulla area of Kupwara district in Kashmir which is the only school in the locality. It currently has 1000 students studying in classes from one to ten. This important funding will help students to get a quality education. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Sachin Tendulkar for his noble act.

The sports legend also adopted a village as he transformed it through and through contributing Rs 2.79 crore under SAGY (Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana – rural development programme focusses mainly upon the development in the villages such as social development, cultural development and spread motivation among the people on the social mobilization of the village community). Sachin has now announced a further benefit of Rs 90 lakh for development of infrastructure in Nernuru and Gollapalli villages under Gudur mandal. So far, a total of Rs 1.20 crore would be spent on laying roads, building drains and providing water supply in these villages.

Sachin Tendulkar is one of the most iconic figures in the cricket fraternity. He has done so much for the country by slicing and timing the balls to perfection and in the process, he went about his business and created many records.

Ever since the legendary cricketer’s retirement, people broke into tears and it was difficult to take it to their hearts, especially Sachin fans. They even came to a conclusion that only humans are playing cricket now as the ‘God of cricket’ called it quits from the sport.

His style of play attracted the entire world to look at him. The moment he holds the bat gives us goosebumps and the way he plays straight drives is a class apart. Nowadays, he is quite active on the social media platform, sending congratulatory wishes to Indian athletes, wishing on festival days, sending hearty birthday wishes to cricketers and so on.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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