You would have heard a lot about cricketers donating to a foundation to help the needy or running their own charities to do something for the society. Besides, there is social wing of IPL franchise that helps out under-privileged children and the disadvantaged sections of the society.
But then there are social acts by cricketers that are done at the spur of the moment, and do not get much highlights. Cricwizz takes a look at few little-known social acts of Indian cricketers.
1. Rohit Sharma
During Sri Lanka tour of India in 2017, a Sri Lankan fan named Mohamed Nilam had an emergency, and needed to rush home to attend to his ailing father. But he didn’t have the funds to immediately travel back home.
An Indian cricket fan Sudhir Chowdhury informed Rohit Sharma, who was leading the team for the tournament then, about the plight of this Sri Lankan fan.
Rohit immediately helped out and arranged tickets for Nilam to get back home to Sri Lanka. It was just one of the reasons that Sri Lankans, especially Nilam, came out in large numbers to support India during the final against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in 2018.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has a die-hard fan in Sudhir Chowdhury. The fan who paints his body with tri-colour and Tendulkar written on his back is seen across all India matches. But who pays for the match tickets? It’s Sachin Tendulkar who makes sure Sudheer has no trouble of being present in the stadiums to cheer for India. In return, Sudhir visits Sachin’s home in Mumbai every summer to present him with litchis. In fact, Sudheer was the lucky one to hold the World Cup 2011 trophy right after India won the title.
3. Irfan Pathan
Recently, Irfan Pathan was in the news for helping out Chennai Super Kings official cobbler R Bhaskaran, who was hit hard when the IPL couldn’t be held in April-May this season. The cobbler makes Rs 1000 per day during the IPL season. During the match days, he would mend shoes of players from his workstation outside the players and match officials’ area. He would make Rs 25000 from a single season in IPL. When Irfan came to know about Bhaskaran’s plight, he readily offered to help Bhaskaran out with Rs 25,000.
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