In a benevolent gesture to help out his fellow citizens battling for survival amidst the global coronavirus outbreak, former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has come forward to help out 100 families in Pune by donating 1 lakh rupees to the Mukul Madhav foundation on a crowdfunding website called Ketto.
While India is under a complete lockdown for a period of three weeks, which was announced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on March 24 in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, workers dependent on daily wages are hit the most by the pandemic. These daily wage workers do not have any jobs at present, hence, no income, they are struggling to get even the basic necessities. The campaign run by the foundation is raising funds to help out these workers and their families by the distribution of relief kits to them which would consist of essentials such as soap, oil, flour, milk, etc. for 14 days.
Maharashtra has reported the most number of cases in the country counting up to 135, of which 32 positive cases are from Pune district.
Although there are many who admired him for his helpful gesture, this generosity by the wicket-keeper was not taken in a very good taste by some people as a number of Twitteratis hurled taunts on the cricketer, whose net worth amounts up to 800 crores, for donating a relatively paltry sum.
Here are some tweets of the tweets displaying this reaction:
MS Dhoni has donated Rs 1 lakh to support 100 families for 14 days in Pune.
His net worth is approximately Rs 800 crores.
— Jeelan Sheikh ✍️ (@JeelanTweet) March 27, 2020
It's like me "donating" a rupee. And it's crowd funded too. Not from his pocket then
— Jesse (@soyouhaveaplan) March 27, 2020
Maybe it's for the foundation and will donate more to the state or central government after sometime.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 27, 2020
Some also defended the former Indian skipper saying that it’s the foundation that will donate more to the state or the central government while others said that the government is already doing the needful in the current situation and it’s on people to donate or not. But MS Dhoni’s gesture received mix reactions from the Twitterati.