Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent. After returning from a thigh injury, the 30-year-old Mumbai player is adding impressive numbers to his career stats that can’t be ignored. On December 13, Sharma scored a sensational double-century, his 3rd in One-day International cricket, as he led India to a massive win over Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI at the Punjab Cricket (PCA) Stadium in Mohali. Through his impressive knock he shut down his critics and showed us yet again why is such a master when it comes to the shorter format. Given his impressive feat with his bat, he had little hesitation in calling 2017 the “best year” of his decade-old international career.
While every Indian fan seem to cheering Sharma’s marvelous performance during the 2nd ODI, one Sri Lankan fan, also felt equally happy as Indians. Mohamed Nilam, a Sri Lankan, who was following the Sri Lankan cricket team on the India tour, had a plan to watch all the matches until he heard the news of his ailing father who required a surgery for throat cancer.
What added to Nilam’s worries were insufficient funds that he needed to immediately go back for his father’s surgery. A confused and worried Nilam then met with Indian fan Sudhir Nayak, who regularly features in all India matches. After hearing Nilam’s ordeal, Sudhir Nayak asked Rohit Sharma for help. Rohit immediately gave help to book Nilam’s return ticket.
Nilam told Mid-Day:
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“Rohit called me to the team hotel and gave me the (Rs 20,000 approx) ticket. The surgery went well. I was disturbed when I heard about my father’s health, Rohit has a big heart and he immediately arranged for my return ticket. He is a gem of a person.”
However, Rohit even offered financial help for the surgery, but Nilam refused it.
And it was not only Rohit but India skipper Virat Kohli too get in touch with Nilam and enquired about his father’s health and offered help.
“Virat also messaged me and asked about my father’s health. He said ‘if you need any help, tell me.”
This example is a salutary reminder that cricketers are wonderful human beings too.