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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Pant has been in tremendous form this year as he played a key role in India's Test series victories against Australia and England. He also led the Delhi Capitals in the suspended Indian Premier League.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Rishabh Pant of (WK) India plays a shot during day three of the first test match between India and England held at the Chidambaram Stadium stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 7th February 2021 Photo by Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

New Delhi: Star India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant on Thursday received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 23-year-old player, who has been named in the India squad for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent series in England, posted a picture of him taking the jab.

"Got my first jab today. When you are eligible, please step up and get the vaccine. The sooner we do it, the sooner we can beat this Virus," wrote Pant on his Twitter handle, along with the picture.

Pant has been in tremendous form this year as he played a key role in India's Test series victories against Australia and England. He also led the Delhi Capitals in the suspended Indian Premier League.

Several of Pant's teammates, including skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have taken the first dose of the COVID 19 vaccine at different centres in the country.

Head coach Ravi Shastri was the first from the Indian cricket team to receive the vaccine. He got his first jab in the first week of March, when vaccination was made open for all senior citizens.

In order to ramp up the coronavirus vaccination drive in the country, the Centre had last month announced a 'liberalised and accelerated' Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from 1 May.

Everyone above the age of 18 is now eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine.

Updated Date: May 13, 2021 14:43:35 IST

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