Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz has warmed the hearts of cricket fans around the world after he was spotted handing out money to homeless people at 3am in the morning.
Afghanistan were the surprise packets of the 2023 World Cup, staying in contention for the finals until their final match of the group stages of the tournament.
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The 21-year-old Gurbaz had a solid but not spectacular tournament, having scored 280 runs at an average of 31.11 which including two fifties and a highest score of 80.
But while Afghanistan battled well above their average in the World Cup, Gurbaz has shown that despite his young age, he understands that life is about a lot more than cricket.
Gurbaz, who has played two seasons of the Indian Premier League with the Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders, making around $190,000 from those tournament, was spotted distributing money to homeless people around Ahmedabad ahead of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is India’s biggest holiday of the year.
Spotted by Indian entertainer RJ Love Shah outside his home at 3am in the morning in Ahmedabad, Gurbaz was seen putting money next to the homeless as they slept.
The Afghan teams was expected to fly out on Sunday.
The Kolkata Knight Riders shared the video, writing: “RJ Love Shah spotted @RGurbaz_21
near his home in Ahmedabad, quietly spreading some love ahead of Diwali, hours before the Afghanistan team returned home after their heartwarming World Cup journey ended on Friday night.”
In another tweet, the team added: “From working tirelessly to raise money for the victims of the Herat Earthquake in Afghanistan earlier this month, to this act of kindness in a foreign land – you inspire us all. God bless you, jaani.”
Shah took to Instagram, writing: “@rahmanullah.gurbaz World needs more people like you. Happy Diwali.”
New Zealand’s breakout star Rachin Ravindra posted: “These Afghanistan Boys are pure gold, such kind hearted cricketers. No wonder they are being loved so much in india. Winning hearts on and off the field in India.”
Indian sports producer Adhirajsinh Jadeja tweeted: “A beautiful gesture by Gurbaz.”
Another fan wrote: “That’s what festivals should be about … to share happiness and love.”
Another added: “This is the Afghanistan and India bond. Earlier he won my heart with his stroke play and now this.”
Another fan commented: “More and more power to such amazing human beings. Mad respect for Gurbaz.”
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