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Dhoni donates Rs 1 lakh to fight Covid-19, faces the wrath of Twitter; netizens say ‘his net worth is Rs 800 cr’

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The cricket maestro faced the ire of netizens.

Dhoni had donated the money via a crowdfunding website Ketto, to the Mukul Madhav Foundation, a public charitable trust, in Pune.
As the country enters day three of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown, several well-known personalities from the film fraternity, politics and sports have stepped up to do their bit and help those in need. Former captain of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni, too, announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh to combat the pandemic that has gripped the nation.

Dhoni had donated the money via a crowdfunding website Ketto, to the Mukul Madhav Foundation, a public charitable trust, in Pune. While several netizens praised Dhoni for his much-needed contribution, some members of the Twitterati were of the opinion that Rs 1 lakh is too small an amount and that the 38-year-old cricketer could have donated more.

Also read: Fighting coronavirus: Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 50 lakh, Dhoni contributes Rs 1 lakh

The comparison of Dhoni’s donation with that of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, both of whom have donated Rs 50 lakh each, didn’t help Dhoni’s cause.

This user was quick to point out that the cricketer’s net worth is approximately Rs 800 cr.

In fact, even those who claimed to be die-hard Dhoni fans had a hard time defending him.

This netizen calculated the amount per meal that each of the 100 families in Pune would get if Dhoni donates Rs 1 lakh.

Needless to say, the wicketkeeper-cum-batsmen faced the ire of netizens like never before.

Some even compared Dhoni’s donation to that of Tennis champion Roger Federer who donated 1 million Swiss francs earlier this week to fight the pandemic.


The donations will be used to provide daily essential groceries to the families of daily wage-workers.

Soon after the reports started pouring in, the cricketer's wife, Sakshi Dhoni, refuted the news, and posted a message on the microblogging site.


The post was retweeted over 2.1K times, and more than 10.6K people liked it.

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95 Comments on this Story

Achal Joshi25 days ago
Yaar, a month back I was thinking I wanna watch him in IPl live... something to brag about as I feared it would be his last season. Such an inspiration! N now, I am not sure... and recall his snatching stump during 2011 World Cup final!!! What a fall in my eyes
vc35 days ago
Donation by Dhoni was much before the launch of PM CARES Fund and appeal. Secondly, the donation is for an entity named Mukul Madhav Foundation at Pune through a Crowd-Funding platform. Many celebrites may be donating to PM CARES Fund in due course, some may NOT opt for publicity. The problem here is, many readers, do not read the news item/article but jump to make comments. If this is the state of affairs in an eminent English newspaper site, with educated readers, think of vernacular press in a specific region.
Maharajan Thangavel35 days ago
why all of you jumping on Dhoni??? It's purely his wish to donate or not!... Hardly he might have given 20 crores!!... For this if you are throwing your words against him, how much you should have reacted when all of our tax money were wasted in 3000 crore statue, international tours, purchasing MLAs & beef party advertisements????