The recent One Day International series against Australia saw the discovery of a new KL Rahul. The newfound wicket keeper of Team India, also showcased his adaptability in the batting order. Along with numerous praise from pundits and supporters for his performance on the field, KL Rahul is also receiving admiration for unveiling his humanitarian side, as the superstar donated his Man of the Match cash award for animal rights.
In the second ODI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, India bounced back with a brilliant performance after losing the first game. The hosts put up a monumental score of 340 in the first innings, a big factor of which was Rahul’s swashbuckling 80 off 52, with six fours and three sixes.
The Men in Blues won the game by 36 runs, while Rahul won the Man of the Match award. As the series ended with a 2-1 win for Kohli and his squad, the skipper selected the 27 year old for wicket keeping role for the upcoming New Zealand tour.
However, Rahul’s brilliance isn’t just exclusive to cricket. Rahul donated Rs. 2 lakh, double of what he received as MOTM cash prize to Shravan Krishnan, an animal activist from Chennai.
Shravan Krishnan is the founder of “Hotel For Dogs”, and spoke to Indian digital news out The News Minute about Rahul’s love for animals, and also his friend’s heartwarming gesture.
“Rahul and I have always been in touch and when I put photos of injured animals on Instagram he would tell me that it was difficult to even look at them.” Shravan said in the interview.
He continued: “I knew he would send the money right after he won. But what surprised me was that he had sent double the amount that he won. He transferred a total of Rs. 2 lakh to the Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD).”
Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary, located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, is an outreach programme for animal welfare run by the Theosophical Society.
“He (Rahul) always said that he can’t be hands on and help us at the centre but that we should contact him for any financial assistance,” Shravan added.