Ravi Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Cheteshwar Pujara pour financial aid to support late journalist Ruchir Mishra's family

Ruchir Mishra was a prominent sports journalist who passed away on May 4.

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Ruchir Mishra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The second wave of the COVID-19 virus brought a catastrophe in India and impacted many families. While lakhs of new cases were registered daily, many people even lost their lives to the deadly virus. Veteran sports journalist Ruchir Mishra was also among many who passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Mishra breathed his last on May 4 in Nagpur. Following his demise, many cricket stars have come forward to help his family.

Mishra, 42, was associated with The Times of India in Nagpur for over a decade. Known for his utmost dedication towards his job, Ruchir has covered many domestic matches and was even popular among many cricketers. Hence, the likes of Wasim Jaffer and Umesh Yadav paid heartfelt condolences to his family after coming across the sad news.

In order to help the journalist’s family in these challenging times, a group of Ruchir’s schoolmates initiated a fundraiser. Mishra’s untimely demise meant his wife and two children are left behind. Although the loss is irreparable, the fundraiser will provide financial help in their journey ahead.

Cricketers contribute to help Ruchir Mishra’s family

As per the fundraising website, contributions from different parts have come to support Ruchir’s family. Many notable cricket stars have also made generous donations. As per the website, veteran fast bowler Umesh Yadav has donated one lakh INR, while his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara contributed INR 50,000. India women’s team coach Ramesh Powar also helped with INR 50,000. Star Ravichandran Ashwin also made his contribution, and he even urged his fans to help Ruchir’s family.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic also grappled the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The gala T20 tournament was suspended midway after multiple players and staff members contracted the virus despite the bio-bubble in place. Hence, on May 4, BCCI postponed the remaining season indefinitely.

Only 29 of the 60 scheduled games took place till the season suspension, and hence, BCCI now has a job in hand. The board needs to find a window in the jam-packed cricket calendar to conduct the remaining season. As per reports, BCCI is currently planning to hold the remaining matches in England in September.

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