Colombo, March 16: (IHC): Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma kept his promise to visit the home of one of Sri Lankan fans when he was in Colombo last for the Nidahas Trophy.
Rohit made not only made this heart warming gesture to Mohamed Nilam, but had financially assisted him to travel to see his ailing father.
During the visit of the Sri Lankan team to India last year, Mohamed Nilam was told about his father’s ailment during the third Test in New Delhi. But he did not have enough money to travel back home. The then Captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were informed about this by Sudhir Gautam, an Indian cricket fan. Rohit Sharma then made arrangements for Nilam’s return to Sri Lanka. Rohit had also promised a 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 Rohit Sharma who came to the aide of Nilam. Virat Kohli too contacted him and asked if he could do something to help despite not being in India at that 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 Viratbhai 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 has quoted as telling an Indian Newspaper.