Sharma keeps promise made to Lankan fan

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma kept a promise to Sri Lankan fan Mohamed Nilam, whom he helped come back to Sri Lanka to tend to his ailing father, by visiting his home in Colombo during his stay in the country.  

Sharma made a heart-warming gesture by financially assisted Nilam to travel to see his ailing father. During the visit of the Sri Lankan team to India last year, Nilam learned of his father’s medical ailment during the third Test in New Delhi but he did not have enough money to travel back home. Captain Virat Kohli and Sharma were informed of this by Sudhir Gautam, an Indian cricket fan. Sharma then made arrangements for Nilam’s return to Sri Lanka. Sharma had also promised to visit to Nilam’s home in Colombo.

“Rohit has a big heart and he immediately arranged for my return ticket. He is a gem of a person. He even asked me whether I need any financial help for the surgery, but I refused to take any money. I am grateful that he arranged for my ticket,» Nilam said.

However, it was not just Sharma who came to the aide of Mohammed. Kohli too contacted him and asked if he could do something to help despite not being in India at the time.

«When Virat bhai came to know about my father›s health, he too messaged me and asked if I needed any help. I congratulated Virat bhai on his wedding. I feel blessed and lucky to get so much love from Indian cricketers. They have always been very helpful in arranging match tickets whenever we come to watch them,» he was quoted as saying by an Indian newspaper.