By Arré Bench Sep. 22, 2020
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli honoured one of our Covid champions, through RCB’s #MyCovidHeroes initiative. The skipper posted a video message tribute to Simranjeet Singh, a hearing-impaired man who raised more than ₹98,000 for the deaf community. AB de Villiers changed his name and DP to honour Paritosh Pant, a Mumbai-based restaurant owner who fed daily-wage earners during the lockdown.
While coronavirus cases may be soaring in India, the continuous and gigantic effort put in by Covid warriors must not be lost on us, whether they are doctors, police officers or simply ordinary folks arranging travel or food for migrants. Everyone has tried to honour these Covid warriors in their own ways. Some cheered for them from their balconies while others made monetary contributions to whatever extent they could.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is also doing his bit to honour our Covid champions, through RCB’s #MyCovidHeroes initiative. RCB announced that the team will “proudly don a tribute jersey with the message ‘My Covid Heroes’ both during training & matches during the IPL in honour of all the Real Challengers who have helped the world during these uncertain times.”
The RCB team will proudly don a tribute jersey with the message “My Covid Heroes” both during training & matches during the #Dream11IPL in honour of all the Real Challengers who have helped the world during these uncertain times. 🌟🌟🌟#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/yazAHvHmBQ
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 18, 2020
The Royal Challengers wore the MY COVID HEROES jersey during practice yesterday, to pay tribute to all the REAL CHALLENGERS who have strived to make the world a better place during the pandemic! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 20, 2020
King Kohli, who has over 38.1 million followers on Twitter and 79.9 million followers on Instagram, changed his display picture to a jersey with Simranjeet Singh’s name on it. The skipper posted a video message saying, “Meet hero Simranjeet Singh from Chandigarh, who decided to help the deaf community so that no one sleeps hungry.”
Kohli changed his name to Simranjeet singh a covid warrior he has hearing impairment problem but in covid situation along with his friend raised rs 98000 to help others … Great Great gesture by Kohli , King for a reason . pic.twitter.com/a8FbwzJu9w
— Sai (@akakrcb6) September 21, 2020
RCB, through its official social media handles, put out a video tribute for Simranjeet Singh (38), a hearing-impaired senior assistant in the Punjab Home Guard Department, who had raised more than ₹98,000 along with his friends for deaf and hearing-impaired persons in May-June early this year.
In the video, Simranjeet explains the difficulty the deaf community faced during the pandemic and how he, along with some friends, came together to help people out. King Kohli gave a “royal salute” to Simranjeet in the video.
Simranjeet Singh, raised funds and helped feed hundreds affected by the pandemic! Watch this video to find out how this real hero didn't let his hearing impairment act as an impediment.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #MyCovidHeroes#RealChallengers #ChallengeAccepted pic.twitter.com/4CvRoO1riy
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 22, 2020
Speaking to The Indian Express with the help of an interpreter, Singh said, “We raised more than ₹98,000 and distributed ration kits for the hearing-impaired persons and children staying in different slums and Vatika Public School in Chandigarh. It feels special to see Virat Kohli changing his name to Simranjeet Singh for a day and the honour belongs to all the hearing-impaired community. I am waiting to see Virat wear my jersey in this IPL.”
Explaining the challenges in the process, Singh added, “When we all started the fundraising drive to arrange ration kits, the only worry we had in our mind was to get the necessary permissions to arrange langar and distribute ration kits during lockdown. My ten-year-old son, who uses Cochlear implants to converse, wanted to join us but stayed at home. He handed us ₹500 out of his pocket money for the ration kits. He also loves watching cricket and is a Virat Kohli fan. He too cheered for Virat today and is waiting to see him wear my name on the jersey.”
Chandigarh resident Simranjeet Singh (38), a hearing impaired Sr. Assistant in the Punjab Home Guard Dept, had raised more than Rs. 98,000 along with friends for deaf and hearing impaired persons in May-June.
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) September 22, 2020
The entire RCB team has gotten behind the #MyCovidHero initiative, and throwing light on these ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary feats during the pandemic. IPL favourite AB de Villiers also followed in the footsteps of his skipper, changing his name and DP to honour Paritosh Pant, a Mumbai-based restaurant owner who fed 3,000 people (daily-wage earners and their family) twice a day during the lockdown.
I salute Paritosh,who started ‘Project Feeding from Far’ with Pooja & fed meals 2 needy during the lockdown. I wear his name on my back this season 2 appreciate their challenger spirit
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 20, 2020
Pace bowler Umesh Yadaav honoured Shahnawaz Shaikh, who sold his car to buy oxygen cylinders for the needy. “Saluting his selflessness,I am wearing a jersey dedicated to him and all the other real challengers this season,” Umesh tweeted.
This Real Challenger,Shahnawaz Shaikh even sold his car to buy oxygen cylinders for the needy.Saluting his selflessness,I am wearing a jersey dedicated to him and all the other real challengers this season.Share your #MyCovidHeroes storywith us.#WeAreChallengers #RealChallengers pic.twitter.com/bhTr6KWEe9
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) September 21, 2020
Navdeep Saini introduced the world to Akshay Kothawale, who didn’t hesitate to use the money he saved for his wedding to help feed migrant workers.
Akshay Kothawale didn't hesitate to use the money he saved for his wedding to help feed migrant workers. Saluting his courage, I am donning a jersey dedicated to him and all such challengers. Do share your #MyCovidHeroes story with us. #WeAreChallengers #ChallengeAccepted pic.twitter.com/KnwkW65erJ
— Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) September 21, 2020
Most of these tireless efforts and the names of the people behind it would’ve gone unnoticed had the RCB team not carried out this initiative. For that, they must be celebrated. RCB may or may not win the IPL come November, but they have surely won our hearts.