15/09/2015 11:13 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

There's A Heartwarming Reason Behind Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane's Donation To Drought-Struck Farmers

Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century (100 runs) during the fourth day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Taking a cue from actor Nana Patekar, batsman Ajinkya Rahane has donated Rs 5 lakh to the Chief Minister Drought Relief Fund to help struggling farmers in Maharashtra.

The noted cricketer told a news channel on Monday that he was inspired to donate the money because of his 92-year-old grandmother.

“My grandmother is around 92 years old and she still goes to the farm and works hard. It is her passion. She can’t sit idle. She inspired me. My uncle also works in the farm the whole day. So I felt that I should do something for the farmers who are going through a very tough time right now,” Rahane said.

Quoting State Government Data, ABP Live, reported that Maharashtra, where 80 per cent of cultivable land is rain-fed, has been reporting more drought-affected areas than any other state for the last four years.

Read: Nana Patekar Donates Rs 16 Lakh To Widows Of Farmers In Drought-Struck Maharashtra

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