While the human population sees itself fighting the novel Coronavirus pandemic, many sportspersons around the globe have come forward with pledging and donations to help in medical sectors or to aid the poor and underprivileged of the society. The latest figure from the sporting fraternity to join in the noble cause in English cricketer Jos Buttler, who’s 2019 World Cup final jersey has brought in an amount of Rs. 6,073,818 to help tackle the virus outbreak.
From the historical final match at Lord’s that saw England winning their first maiden Cricket World Cup trophy, Jos Buttler was the man behind the wickets who was vital behind Martin Guptill’s run out in the Super Over.
The 29 year old put his jersey from the match on the e-commerce website eBay last week. The long sleeve sky blue jersey, which has the signatures of the world cup winning squad, saw a total of 82 bids, with the winning one at £65,100.
Buttler tweeted about the bid on 1st April, mentioning that the money will be aided to Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) March 31, 2020
Buttler, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, saw his initiative being well received by the fans and followers, including the charity themselves who were overwhelmed by the wicket keeper batsman’s deed towards.
Can you believe it?! @josbuttler is auctioning off his World Cup final shirt for our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal! We are completely overwhelmed by the response so far & are incredibly grateful to everyone that's getting involved 💜🏏 https://t.co/mGaZku6whV
— Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity (@RBHCharity) April 2, 2020
The charity, which aids the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, supervises the the Royal Brompton Hospital in Kensington and and Harefield Hospital in Hillingdon, London. The money will be aided to the cardio thoracic centres of the hospitals.
Although the 29 year old himself saw his history-making jersey as a prized possession, the need of the hour was to stand up for the right cause in these times of crisis.
“It’s a very special shirt but I think it takes on extra meaning with it being able to hopefully go to the emergency cause,” Buttler said on Monday.
The United Kingdom, which is currently under lock down, has seen over 55,000 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is now in intensive care for two days. The death toll is at 6,159 as of today.