Young Indian pacer Chetan Sakariya has been dealt with a massive blow as his father, who was battling COVID-19 has succumbed to the virus at a hospital in Gujarat's Bhavnagar on Sunday, reported TV9 Gujarat.
Sakariya was in the news ever since Rajasthan Royals bought him for the 14th edition of IPL at a life changing price of INR 1.2 crore. It was a moment to cherish for the Sakariya family who has suffered a lot in recent times. His brother committed suicide and the financial status of the family was not up to the mark either. However, the fortunes changed and Sakariya's hard work paid dividend as he was picked for the Indian Premier League. However, the joy was short-lived as his father was tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Earlier, Sakariya revealed that he received part of his salary from the Rajasthan Royals which has helped his family in this time of crisis.
“I was lucky because I had received my part payment from Rajasthan Royals a few days ago. I straight away transferred money back home, and that is helping my family the most in my toughest time,” he had said while speaking to the Indian Express.
He further said that because of the IPL he was able to afford a good treatment for his father. “I am the only bread earner in my family. Cricket is the only source of my earnings. I can give better treatment to my father because of the money I earned from IPL. Had this tournament not happened for a month, it would have been tougher for me,” he added.