Earlier this month, Hardik Pandya stirred up a massive storm after his objectionable remarks on the popular chat show 'Koffee With Karan' attracted a lot of criticism. He was sexist, misogynist in his comments while objectifying women on national television. The nation-wide uproar also saw Hardik getting suspended, pending an inquiry into the controversy.
But, while the questionable demeanour of Hardik made him 'Public Enemy No. 1', the latest gesture by his elder brother Krunal has struck a chord with cricket fans across the country.
Former Indian cricketer Jacob Martin continues to battle for his life in a Vadodara hospital. Martin sustained life-threatening injuries following a road accident on 28th December. Currently, on a ventilator, Martin has found himself in immediate need for financial support in a bid to recuperate with his injuries to lungs and liver.
While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned an amount of Rs 5 lakh from the Benevolent Fund, Sourav Ganguly, too, stepped up to help the former Indian player. And now, Krunal has joined the drive to help Martin with financial aid.
In what was arguably one of the sweetest gestures you'd see, Krunal has handed a blank cheque to Sanjay Patel, former secretary of the BCCI and the Baroda Cricket Association. He reportedly told Patel: "Sir, please fill up whatever is needed, but nothing less than Rs 1 lakh".
Krunal's heartfelt gesture saw the cricket fans singing his praise on the social media. Ironically, the fans who were busy bashing the younger Pandya not a long time ago were seen praising the elder one for his good deed.
There are good people still in this World.
Well done, Krunal Pandya :) pic.twitter.com/uUyyNH2g6X
Just being the richest athlete like @imVkohli is not important being rich by heart just like krunal Pandya is wat matters— Sameer (@therealsameer_) January 22, 2019 January 22, 2019
An Incredible gesture from this Great Man @krunalpandya24 to come out and help Jacob Martin. A huge respect to this Man. A blank Cheque - Really Unimagineable!!! ð @imVkohli @msdhoni #BlankChequeKrunal #KrunalPandya pic.twitter.com/hQbeJ1wXZG— Shivaraj (@ShivarajBabu) January 22, 2019
When life gives you Pandya, make it Krunal Pandya and not Hardik Pandya.— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) January 22, 2019
Hats off to Krunal Pandya for giving a blank cheque to ailing former cricketer Jacob Martin's family asking them to fill any amount, after Sourav Ganguly and others came forward to help Martin who met with a serious accident. God bless Krunal and we need more such good people— DrA JaganMohanReddy (@Jaganmo05121164) January 22, 2019 January 22, 2019
God Bless u Krunal Pandya— Starfishh (@starfishsamy) January 22, 2019
The pure soul for a reason ... His gesture towards treatment of former Indian Cricketer Jacob Martin is so wonderful ð¤. pic.twitter.com/Rddrusi7M2
Great should be appreciated & highlighted to motivate others keep it up may more people follow— Gagan Kapoor (@gagankapoor1969) January 22, 2019
Great work krunal! Great to see ur attitude qnd ego unlike hardik!! Just love! Looking forward to see u in new Zealand!— VARAD Acharya (@VARADAcharya2) January 22, 2019
Wow!! What a noble gesture from the brother of the one who thinks it's cool to pass sexist & misogynistic comments..well done Krunal..you've proved that all peas in the same pod aren't the same..keep up the good work..ðð— Vijay Kumar (@VijayKu22074035) January 22, 2019
That's a grand gesture ..— verghese cherian (@varkki1) January 22, 2019