India batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Team India director Ravi Shastri took time off their break and spent an hour with cancer patients at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel yesterday.
Smiles to keep: India batsman Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Team India director Ravi Shastri with cancer patients at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel yesterday. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Rahane and Shastri arrived at the hospital around 3pm and first interacted with patients in the children's ward, where the Mumbai batsman happily posed for pictures with the kids and even wished them in advance for Diwali.
It was a dream-come-true moment for the kids especially 10-year-old Ruturaj Kumar, who couldn't stop smiling long after the cricketers had left.
"I had seen Rahane only on TV. Today, when I met him, he spoke to us so nicely. He even wished us Happy Diwali," said Ruturaj.
Vandana Gupta of V-Care, the NGO then took Shastri and Rahane around the hospital premises before leading them to the male general ward. Here, the duo signed autographs for patients and wished the gents a speedy recovery.
Manoj Kumar Mishra (53), who recently underwent surgery for oral cancer, cannot speak but was more than happy to write down his feelings on a piece of paper.
"I never even dreamt that I would ever get the opportunity to meet someone like Ravi Shastri or Rahane in person, let alone getting an autograph from them. This day will remain special throughout my life. Shastri even wished me a speedy recovery," wrote an excited Mishra.
Kids inspire Rahane
Rahane (27) later posted one of the pictures he took with the kids at the hospital on his Twitter account with the message: "Visited Tata memorial cancer hospital and spent time with these lovely and ever smiling kids. They inspired me a lot."