Three Indian cricketers – Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara have taken the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine today, May 10. All three members of the Indian Test team took to social media platforms to share the news of vaccination and also urged people to get their jabs as early as possible.
Firstly, fast-bowler Ishant Sharma, along with his wife Pratima posted a picture of them standing outside of a vaccination centre in Delhi. Ishant wrote that he is grateful to all the people who are working day and night to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. “Thankful for this and grateful for all the essential workers. Happy to see the smooth running of the facility & management. Let’s all get vaccinated at the earliest,” Ishant wrote in the tweet.
Thankful for this and grateful for all the essential workers. Happy to see the smooth running of the facility & management.
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) May 10, 2021
In the afternoon, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is currently with his family in Mumbai, also took the vaccine shot and uploaded a picture in his Instagram story. Along with that, he urged people to get their shots as early as possible.
India’s ‘Ultimate Warrior’ Cheteshwar Pujara also took to Twitter to reveal the news of him getting vaccinated. Pujara and his wife both took their jabs and also motivated people to take theirs if eligible. “Puja and I got our first dose of the vaccine today. Urge each one of you to try and get yours too if eligible,” Pujara wrote in the tweet.
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) May 10, 2021
Earlier, India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also took his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. According to a report, the Indian team members, who have taken the first dose of COVISHIELD vaccine, can get their second dose in the UK during the England tour as the AstraZeneca vaccine is similar to COVISHIELD.
The Indian Cricket Team will travel to the UK on June 2 and before that, they will go under hard quarantine in India, so that when they will land in the UK, they will be able to train from Day 1, which will be helpful in their preparations for the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand, starting June 18 in Southampton.
The team will then stay for the next 40 days and will prepare for the five-match Test series against England. In the meantime, they will play intra-squad matches as the BCCI has named a long squad for the next three months.