As India is battling the novel Coronavirus crisis, many revered personalities from the country’s cricket fraternity has come forward with a helping hand with donations to the PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency Situations) find to aid the fight against the pandemic. The latest iconic cricketer to join up is Yuvraj Singh, the former Team India stalwart who has pledged Rs 50 lakhs on Sunday to combat the virus outbreak.
Following the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh revealed the news about his donation on his official Twitter today. Along with urging his fellow citizens to also aid to the PM Cares fund against the COVID-19 outbreak, the former superstar all rounder also announced that he will be responding to PM Narendra Modi’s ‘#9pm9minutes’ event with lighting a candle.
“We are stronger when we stand united. I will be lighting a candle tonight at 9pm for 9 minutes. Are you with me? On this great day of solidarity, I pledge Rs. 50 Lakhs to the #PMCaresFunds. Please do your bit too! @narendramodi #9pm9minutes #IndiaFightsCorona” the 38 year old tweeted.
We are stronger when we stand united.
I will be lighting a candle tonight at 9pm for 9 minutes. Are you with me?
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 5, 2020
PM Modi’s request to turn off all lights in the households, and lighting up diyas, candles and torchlights for 9 minutes today was well received by many sportspersons and celebrities of the country, including Yuvi’s compatriots and Team India stars such as Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who all urged the Indian citizens to join the movement to show their unity in these worrying times.
Yuvraj recently joined hands with Lifebuoy and Paytm on a noble mission to provide hygiene products to the underpriviledged of the Indian community.
“Govt is working hard to protect us from #coronavirus. It is time we unite & play our part. Join me as we partner with @lifebuoysoap & @Paytm to provide hygiene products to communities in need.” Yuvraj tweeted a couple of weeks ago.
Govt is working hard to protect us from #coronavirus. It is time we unite & play our part.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 21, 2020
A total of 3,577 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in India so far, with the death toll rising to 83 today.