Rohit Sharma helped a travelling Sri Lankan fan return home early to attend his ailing father. Later, Virat Kohli, who tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in Italy, texted the fan to see if everything was okay.
India and Sri Lanka have met each other on the cricket field for 15 internationals so far this year including the second ODI in Mohali. While the majority of Indian fans have been irked by the lack of challenge for Team India, Sri Lankan fans have found refuge with the Indian national team.
According to a report in the mid-day, three Sri Lankan fans – Gayan Senananyaka, Pubudu and Mohamed Nilam – have been travelling with the Sri Lankan team throughout the Indian tour. Nilam’s father however was diagnosed with throat cancer, during the third and final Test in New Delhi. His father needed immediate surgery, but his return ticket was scheduled from Mumbai on December 26 after the final T20 Internationals. In stepped Rohit Sharma, so that Nilam could be with his father during his surgery.
India’s superfan, Sudhir Gautam, informed the stand-in Indian skipper and Rohit arranged for Nilam’s return air ticket to Colombo from New Delhi On December 5.
“Rohit called me to the team hotel and gave me the ticket. The surgery went well. I was disturbed when I heard about my father’s health, Rohit has a big heart and he immediately arranged for my return ticket. He is a gem of a person,” Nilam told mid-day.