Breaking through the pain barrier to save a Test match is no small task, but Hanuma Vihari’s greatest joy these days comes from being able to arrange a hospital bed or oxygen cylinders for helpless COVID-19 patients through a network of friends.
The increase in deaths and cases since the pandemic’s second wave has generated an acute health epidemic in which social media has been a significant platform for seeking and providing emergency assistance.
Many Indian cricketers have contributed in various ways, ranging from financial contributions to assisting people in obtaining critical medical treatment.
Although in the UK for his county stint, Vihari has used his Twitter handle to intensify pleas for assistance. He has also assembled a team of 100 volunteers from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, who are friends and supporters of his. Vihari’s friends and supporters, including Congress leader BV Srinivas in New Delhi, have reached out to people with plasma, oxygen tubes, and food and hospital beds.
“I don’t want to glorify myself. I am doing it with the intention of helping people at the ground level, who actually need every help possible in these difficult times. It is just the start,” Vihari stated in an exclusive interview with PTI.