Gautam Gambhir , former Indian cricket team skipper on Friday announced that his organisation will sponsor the education of the children of the 25 Central Reserve Police Force personnel killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on Monday.
“On Wednesday morning, I picked up newspapers and saw gut-wrenching pictures of the daughters of two CRPF men killed in the latest attacks. One was saluting her martyred father while in the other picture, the howling young woman was being consoled by her relative,” Gambhir wrote in his column for a leading news paper.
During a match, Gambhir and his Kolkata Knight Riders teammates wore black arm bands as a mark of respect to the deceased.
The cricketer said he had struggled to focus on the match. “I was trying to push Chhattisgarh into the background as the first ball was about to be bowled. But it was just not leaving me. After a point I gave up as the images were too strong and I knew they will only go with time,” he wrote.
“The Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs. My team has already started work on this and I shall soon share the progress we have made,”.
The Delhi cricketer said it was not easy to focus on the match after the Chhattisgarh incident. “It is for the same reasons I love armed forces too, although the quantum of losing a dear one while serving the country can never ever be compared to losing a cricket match,” Gambhir said.