Mumbai Indians and Baroda all-rounder Krunal Pandya displayed a great gesture of humanity as he wrote a blank cheque to Jacob Martin, who is battling for life in Gujarat. Martin, who is a former India cricketer, was seriously injured in a road accident that took place on December 27.
As the news came forward of this unfortunate incident, several prominent names from the cricket fraternity came forward to help Jacob Martin. Martin has played in 10 one-day internationals from 1999 to 2001. India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly was among the first personalities to help Martin’s. The Prince of Kolkata wired in significant funds into his bank account, according to a report from the Telegraph.
Krunal Pandya, who regularly features in the Mumbai Indians lineup and a new entrant in the Indian T20I side, said: “Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh,” according to the Telegraph.
In critical condition, Baroda cricketer Jacob Martin’s wife seeks BCCI’s help for more funds
— CricketCountry (@cricket_country) January 20, 2019
He is a mainstay in the Vadodara side and has already played six T20 Internationals for India.
Other prominent Indian cricketers also lend the support
Sourav Ganguly has been regularly in touch with Khyati, Jacob Martin’s wife. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Baroda Cricket Association have reportedly made offers of their own to support Martin already. The former Baroda player is on ventilator support with the next few hours being critical.
Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, and Ashish Nehra are among the other big names in the cricket fraternity who have offered their help.
Jacob Martin, 46, was the skipper of Baroda. His biggest achievement with the team was the Ranji Trophy, Baroda’s first.
The overall magnanimity showed by the cricket community to come forward to assist a colleague in a time of crisis is deeply commendable.
It is further understood that the hospital bills total up to Rs. 70,000 per day with the former BCA secretary Sanjay Patel in touch with both BCCI and BCA.
Krunal Pandya (elder brother of Hardik) has left a blank cheque for Jacob Martin saying ‘Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh’. ?https://t.co/tp3OgQVTY4
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 22, 2019
Earlier BCCI had released funds worth Rs 5 lakh from its Benevolent Fund whereas BCA had given a sum of Rs 3 lakh to support the Martin family with their hospital bills.
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