India cricketer Mohammed Shami on Thursday received his first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 during the team’s quarantine in Mumbai ahead of the departure for UK where they will be playing six Tests.
The pacer is undergoing a 14-day quarantine in a Mumbai hotel as India prepare to depart for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton to be played next month.
“Got my first dose of vaccine. I urge everyone to get vaccinated and stay safe. #mshami11 #saddapunjab #TeamIndia #covid_19 #vaccine #india," tweeted Shami along with his picture of him getting the jab.
India head coach Ravi Shastri, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, was among the first from the Indian cricket squad to receive the vaccine. He got his first jab in the first week of March itself, when vaccination was made open for 45 plus individuals.
Several members of India cricket team including captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant have also taken their first jabs of the vaccine at various centres in the country.
The players are taking covishield as it’s a version of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine which is available in England. “Covishield is a version of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine available in England. This will help BCCI to administer the second dose to the players in England,” a BCCI source had said.
Shami is part of a 24-man Test squad BCCI announced earlier this month for the UK tour. It will get underway from June 18 with the WTC Final.
After a gap of over month. the five-match Test series will get underway against England from August 4. The final Test of the tour is to be played September 10.