Rohit Sharma donates 80 lakhs towards fight against COVID-19

From Virat Kohli and the Pathan brothers to Mithali Raj and members of the women's cricket team, cricketers have donated towards COVID-19 relief in India.

Rohit Sharma's home state - Maharashtra - is the worst affected with 238 confirmed cases and 10 recorded deaths.   -  Vijay Soneji

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma has announced that he had pledged a total of 80 lakhs towards coronavirus relief measures in the country on Tuesday.

In a tweet, the opener has shared details of his contributions - 45 lakhs to the Prime Minister's fund PM Cares, 25 lakhs to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund in Maharashtra, five lakhs towards Zomato's community feeding initiative and five lakhs towards Welfare of Stray Dogs.

India has recorded 1,347 cases with the 43 deaths due to the coronavirus as of Tuesday morning. Sharma's home state - Maharashtra - is the worst affected with 238 confirmed cases and 10 recorded deaths.

Sharma's contributions come after Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma pledged support to the raising funds to do their bit in India's fight against the pandemic.

READ: Kohli, Anushka pledge support to fight COVID-19 pandemic

The Mumbai Indians skipper joined the list of top sportsmen comprising batting mastero Sachin Tendulkar, his skipper Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, his Test teammate Ajinkya Rahane and members of the women's cricket team among others who have generously donated for the cause.

While India finds itself in the middle of a 21-day lockdown, the country has also seen a spike in cases and fatalities from the virus. Normal social and economic functioning stands affected, while almost all sporting engagements in the country, including the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League, have been suspended temporarily.

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