Basketball and India

India's top basketball stars pledge signed basketball and game-worn jerseys for COVID-19 relief funds

As India deals with the second wave of the COVID-19, with worldwide record numbers coming through April 2021, the country's top basketball stars have stepped forward to help.

Headline names such as Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Shireen Limaye and Raspreet Sindhu, have pledged a signed basketball and their game-worn jerseys while urging all Indians to donate in the fight against COVID-19

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi

In his appearance on the latest episode of the Patel and Kumar Show, the Indian men's team captain revealed that he would give away an autographed basketball to the most generous donor to relief funds against COVID-19.

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'Wear not one but two masks when you go outside your house," Bhriguvanshi said while as part of his appeal to the public to follow all major safety protocols including maintaining social distancing, staying at home and getting vaccinated.

Bhriguvanshi, an Arjuna Award recipient this year, was India's hero this past February when his game-winning halfcourt heave against Iraq ensured India's hopes to qualify to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 remained intact.

Shireen Limaye

Limaye, among the youngest-ever to debut for the senior Indian national teams, is one of very few to have won an international gold medal for the country.

She pledged multiple of her game-worn India jerseys and other t-shirts to the most generous donors in the fight against COVID-19.

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Raspreet Sidhu

Sidhu, an Indian team veteran and considered among the best shooters India produced, is also among the very few to have won an international gold medal for the country.

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