Indian cricketer, former national team captain, and the current captain of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir, who won the Man of the Match award today in the match against Delhi Daredevils has announced that he is dedicating the entirety of the award’s prize money to the families of the martyrs of the Sukma Maoist attack that took place in Chattisgarh recently.
In the post-match presentation with former cricketer Ravi Shastri, Gambhir said,
I am a proud Indian and I would love to contribute, hoping everyone else could contribute.
Naturally aggressive, both on and off the cricket field, Gambhir likes to leave no stone unturned when it comes to going after his goals and priorities. In a column that he wrote for the Hindustan Times, he stated that the Gautam Gambhir Foundation would pay for the expenses of the entire education of the children of the martyrs. Here is what he said,
On Wednesday morning, I picked up newspapers and saw gut-wrenching pictures of the daughters of two CRPF men killed in the latest attacks. One was saluting her martyred father, while in the other picture, the howling young woman was being consoled by her relative…. The Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs. My team has already started work on this, and I shall soon share the progress we have made.
As serious as he is with the game, Gautam Gambhir also proved that he is just as serious in serving the nation the best way he can.