After his plight became national news, the Indian Olympic Association stepped in with a grant of 50,000 rupees ($670), while the state government awarded the struggling player the equivalent of $270.
“I was about to fly out to Bangalore in March with a team that I was coaching but the lockdown happened and everything came to a halt,” the 34-year-old told AFP.
“After a while it became difficult to manage things and I had to fall back to manual labor. I am breaking rocks and earn 400 rupees (about $5) per day.”
Dhami was left paralyzed in the lower half of his body at the age of two but never let it stop him enjoying sports.
He first won medals at the national level in shotput and discus before the prolific all-rounder with impressive batting skills switched to cricket.
Despite rising to the heights of national competition, Dhami said he has never been ashamed to work hard off the field.
“You have to earn to get two meals a day. It would not have been nice to beg and I believe there is nothing wrong in doing anything that involves hard work,” he said.
But he added that the government should do more to help others left without work by the pandemic.
“I have received help, but the heads of our state should realize that it’s not only me but a lot of other sportspersons who are struggling to make ends meet.”