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Hope to bring smiles on people’s faces with cricket in this hour of crisis: Venky Mysore

Covid 19 pandemic has been relentless with its onslaught on India of late. However, in this time of crisis, people are coming together to defeat the virus with a steely resolve. On Monday, Pat Cummins became the first cricketer to contribute to the Covid relief fund ($50k) to help India buy Oxygen supplies in hospitals. And his gesture has certainly underlined the pledge that “We are in it together”.

Reacting to Cummins’ gesture, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said, “As I have already put out it was a class act from Pat. The sentiments of the KKR management are pretty similar to what Pat has articulated. I think we are privileged to be in a position where we are able to do what we really enjoy doing.”

KKR’s wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert also lauded Cummins’ initiative and said, “It was a fantastic gesture from Pat. A message from the entire KKR family to everyone out there - just want to say stay safe, be smart, sanitise your hands and wear masks. Our prayers to help everyone out there, in India and around the world”.

With the number of cases rising every day, a lot of concern has been raised over the safety protocols of the bio-secure bubble. But Venky Mysore alleviated such apprehensions and said, “The protocol and the safety features that have been built into the bio-secure bubble are unprecedented and I think it couldn't have been any better. Everyone is being properly taken care of.

“But there is a world outside which is struggling in the pandemic and India is going through a tougher challenge right now. From the entire KK family, all I want to say is, you know what you need to do. Please be safe. We will hope that during our games through the end of May, we will be in a position to at least entertain you a bit so that there can be a smile on your faces”.