Hardik and Krunal Pandya announced they will donate 200 oxygen concentrators.© BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have pledged to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India. Speaking ahead of Mumbai Indians’ high-profile clash against Chennai Super Kings, Hardik said that his family members have made the decision to meet the needs of the rural parts of the country where “medical infrastructure needs more support”. Hardik also expressed gratitude to the medical staff and frontline workers for doing the noble work in these difficult times.
“We all understand the difficulty that our country is undergoing at this period of time. Gratitude to all the medical staff, frontline workers and all the individuals who have come out and held their hands at such times to fight out the battle,” Hardik said in a pre-match interview on Saturday.
“Krunal, myself and my mother – basically our entire family, we were finding ways at trying to help out. We decided to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India where I feel the medical infrastructure needs more support,” he added.
“We all understand it’s difficult, we want to show our gratitude, support and just want to tell everyone that they’re always there in our prayers,” said the Mumbai Indians all-rounder.
Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins was the first cricketer since the start of the second wave to donate money to the “PM Cares Fund” and since then several other cricketers, including Brett Lee, Sachin Tendulkar, and Shikhar Dhawan to name a few, have pledged their support.
IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals have also announced a contribution of Rs 7.5 crore to help those impacted by COVID-19 in India.