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Hanuma Vihari helps India fight Covid-19 battle: Never imagined getting hospital bed would be so difficult

Despite being away from the country, Test batsman Hanuma Vihari has managed to contribute to India’s fight against the coronavirus, helping people arrange hospital beds and oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 patients with the help of his network of friends.

“I don’t want to glorify myself. I am doing it with the intention of helping people at the ground level, who actually need every help possible in these difficult times. It is just the start,” Vihari told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Vihari, like every Indian, has been shocked by the obstacles that COVID-19 patients and their families have encountered on a daily basis. The difficulties have included finding something as basic as hospital beds, oxygen supplies and essential medicines.

“With the second wave being so strong, getting a bed became a difficulty and that is something which is unthinkable. So, I decided to use my followers as my volunteers and help as many people as I can,” Vihari, who has more than 110,000 followers, said.

“My goal is to actually mainly reach out to those people who are not able to afford or arrange for plasma, beds and essential medicine. But this is not enough. I would like to do more service in the future,” Vihari added.

“I built my own team. It’s all about good intentions and people do get inspired and come out to help me.

“I have around 100 people on a WhatsApp group as volunteers and it’s their hard work that we have been able to help a few people. Yes, I am a cricketer, well known but I am able to help because of their untiring efforts to reach the distressed,” said Vihari.

“I started as one and now we have many friends on different platforms through my following on social media. I send them requests I get and they do the search. I chip in if any recommendations are required or to post on social media,” Vihari said.

“Even my wife, sister and a few of my Andhra teammates are part of my volunteer team. It’s so heartening to see their support,” Vihari said.

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