Covid-19: Gavaskar donates a lakh each for his 35 international hundreds to PM Cares fund

It is understood the former India captain has donated Rs 35 lakh to the PM Cares fund and Rs 24 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Sunil Gavaskar has donated a total of Rs 59 lakh towards coronavirus relief funds   -  Prashant Nakwe

India’s cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, has donated Rs 59 lakh to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sportstar understands that the former India captain has donated Rs 35 lakh to the PM Cares fund and Rs 24 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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His son, Rohan, revealed that the donated amount corresponds with Gavaskar’s centuries for the Indian and the Mumbai cricket teams. “This was done last week. 35 because he scored 35 hundreds for India and 24 because he scored 24 for Mumbai . Prayers for everyone’s good health and that we are all safe and sound,” Rohan tweeted.

With the country coming to a standstill due to the viral outbreak, several sportsmen, including current and former cricketers, have donated to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and also to the respective CM Relief Funds.

Last week, Sachin Tendulkar, too, donated Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. Even the BCCI and its affiliated state units donated Rs 51 crore to the PM Cares fund.

Gavaskar has been associated with a lot of charity work and has time and again, taken up social causes rather silently, without bringing them to public notice.

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