India captain Virat Kohli and senior pacer Ishant Sharma on Monday received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination. Kohli also urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
“Vaccinate as soon as you can please. Stay Safe,” Kohli wrote in his Instagram story.
Ishant Sharma, and his wife Pratima Singh also received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
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Last week, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shikhar Dhawan received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rahane, Umesh, Kohli will be next seen in action when India locks horns against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC).
“The Indian government has opened vaccination for every person above 18 so the players can take their first dose. But the second dose is the question here and while the BCCI is looking at working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board to ensure players can get a second dose in the UK, if that is not approved by the UK government, we will have the vaccine taken from India for the second dose. Let’s see how that works out in the coming days,” the official had explained.
According to a BCCI official, it will need some more time to have a clear picture regarding the completion of vaccination for all India Test cricketers who are to head to UK on June 2.
The BCCI on Friday named a 20-member squad (two subject to fitness clearance) which will also have standby players. Of the four standby players, fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has tested positive for COVID-19.