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Virat, Rohit, Sania among stars in online concert to raise funds for COVID-19

Besides Virat, the likes of India limited overs vice-captain Rohit and tennis sensation Sania also took part in the concert on Sunday

India skipper Virat Kohli, limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and tennis star Sania Mirza were among sports personalities, who took part in an online concert to raise funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 2 lakh people globally.

As part of the initiative by ‘iFor India’, actors, musicians, singers, sportspersons and business leaders came together to entertain people from their homes in a bid to help the COVID-19 pandemic cause.

The proceeds from the concert will go to the India COVID Response Fund set up by GiveIndia, a donation platform.

“Two weeks ago, we started work on India’‘s biggest concert. To entertain people who are locked-down at home. To pay tribute to those who work on the frontlines while we work from home. And to raise funds for those who have no work and no home,” a message from #IForIndia, the concert for our times, said.

Besides Virat, the likes of India limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and tennis sensation Sania Mirza also took part in the concert on Sunday.

Cricketer‘s actress wife Anushka was among the deluge of actors and musicians who took part in the concert including Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Ayushmann Khurrana, Bryan Adams, Gulzar, Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Sophie Turner, and Vidya Balan among others.

Earlier, to help the countrymen fight the deadly coronavirus, Kohli and Anushka had pledged their support to the Prime Minister and the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s relief funds.

Though the couple did not disclose the amount, a source in the Bollywood industry close to the duo said that Virat and Anushka have jointly donated Rs 3 crore towards the cause.

India star batsman Rohit Sharma has done a bit to donate 45 lakhs to PM-CARES Fund, 25 lakhs to Maharashtra’s CM Relief Fund, 5 lakhs to Feeding India and 5 lakhs for the welfare of stray dogs.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat