An act of humanity lands two phenomenal players from India in hot water after they uploaded a video message on Twitter in which they requested their fans to donate to Shahid Afridi's foundation that is trying to help the COVID-19 affectees in Pakistan.
The public messages were not received warmly by a section of followers who questioned players' loyalty to their country and perhaps construed it as an unpatriotic act.
Yuvraj drew the attention of his followers on the fact that these are tough times and we should not forget that segment of the society which needs our help the most.
"These are testing times, it’s time to look out for each other especially the ones who are lesser fortunate. Let's do our bit, I am supporting Shahid Afridi and (his) foundation in this noble initiative of covid19," said Yuvraj.
The dextrous off-spinner and a prominent member of the ICC 2011 World Cup-winning Indian side, Harbhajan Singh, stressed how this is an 'unprecedented time' and urged his supporters to play their part in helping Afridi and his foundation.
"The world is passing through extremely testing and unprecedented times. Let’s do our bit to help Shahid Afridi and (his) foundation, (which is) doing great work. Please join hands with them and contribute whatever you can for covid19," remarked Harbhajan.
Shahid Afridi who has been very active with the relief efforts and post-retirement, the quintessential power hitter inaugurated a foundation to help the destitute and he has been partaking in philanthropy work during this COVID-19 health crisis.
Afridi took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude to his contemporaries with whom he had played against in some memorable games but off the field, they share camaraderie and have given a resounding message of peace and compassion which transcends borders. Afridi reciprocated the kind gesture and wished Yuvraj good luck with his foundation as well.
"Thank you for all (your) support-both yourself and my brother Harbhajan Singh are huge pillars of support; this bond we have (shown) love and peace. Best wishes to you with your noble endeavours with YouWeCan," said Afridi in reply.
That said, some fans didn't appreciate the exemplary show of empathy and the act of altruism from these legends of the game as they got vilified on social media but at the same time, the benevolent act struck a chord with many followers.
Yuvraj Singh was amazed at these fans who didn't appreciate the initiative in a time when it is incumbent upon us to help each other as we fight the virus.
"I really don't understand how a message to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion! All I tried to achieve via that message was to help people in our respective countries by providing healthcare," protested Yuvraj.