Former Indian captain Kapil Dev receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi. | Photo credit: ANI
- Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev received his first COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday
- Kapil Dev received his first dose of vaccine at Fortis Hospital in Delhi’s Okhla
- Several notable celebrities across the country have so far taken the first injection of the vaccine
A host of notable figures across the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The latest to join the bandwagon on Wednesday was legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, who took his first hit at Fortis Hospital in Delhi.
The former Indian captain has become the third cricketer after India head coach Ravi Shastri and former cricketer Madan Lal to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the second phase of the campaign vaccination. People over 60 or those between 45 and 59 with co-morbidities are eligible to be vaccinated under the current campaign.
The 1983 World Cup-winning captain suffered cardiac arrest in November last year following which he underwent angioplasty. He managed to recover well and was soon back on the golf course. The former Indian captain is considered one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He played 131 tests and 225 ODIs during his illustrious career.
He scored 5,248 and 3,783 races in both formats respectively and also won 434 Test wickets and 253 ODI. He remains India’s second-best wicket-taker in cricket testing behind only Anil Kumble.
Before the fourth test between India and England in Ahmedabad, India head coach Ravi Shastri had received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Sharing a photo of himself receiving the vaccine, Shastri thanked the medical professionals and scientists who have helped India fight the pandemic.
Shastri is currently in a bio-bubble with the rest of the Indian squad in Ahmedabad where the hosts will face England in the fourth final test from Thursday (04 March). India are currently leading the four-game test series 2-1 after winning the pink ball test at the same spot by ten flapping wickets. India will look to continue their winning run in the final test and secure a place in the final of the World Test Championship.