Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar will donate Rs 50 lakh as part of his contribution towards helping the government fight coronavirus that has turned the world upside down.

Tendulkar has pledged Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and CM’s Relief Fund.

“Sachin Tendulkar decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. It was his decision that he wanted to contribute to both funds,” a source privy to the development, told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Tendulkar’s individual contribution is the biggest by any sporting figure in India.

In India, the number of people infected by the deadly COVID-19 has gone beyond 700 and leaving 19 dead.

Globally, it has affected over 5,22,000 and left more than 28,800 dead.

Before Tendulkar, the likes of world badminton champion PV Sindhu, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, cricketers Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan, MS Dhoni, wrestler Bajrang Punia, sprinter Hima Das among others have made contributions towards providing relief to those affected by the coronavirus.

While Sindhu donated Rs 10 lakh, the Pathan brothers gave 4,000 masks to Baroda police and healthcare workers. Former India captain Dhoni pledged Rs 1 lakh through an NGO while Punia will contribute his six months’ salary.

Ganguly reportedly in partnership with a company, will provide rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the underprivileged affected by the lockdown imposed by the Indian government to mitigate the impact the spread of coronavirus has had on the country.