India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara and his wife Puja got their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. Pujara also urged his fans to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Cheteshwar Pujara and his wife Puja get 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine. (@cheteshwar1 Photo)
Cheteshwar Pujara joined the list of players who got vaccinated against Covid-19
Pujara is part of the India squad for the tour of England starting next month
Pujara was accompanied by his wife Puja to the vaccination centre
After India captain Virat Kohli and senior pacer Ishant Sharma, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara also received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. Pujara urged fans to get vaccinated as soon as possible as the country continues to struggle against the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pujara was also accompanied by his wife to the vaccination centre. “Puja and I got our first dose of the vaccine today. Urge each one of you to try and get yours too if eligible,” he wrote.
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) May 10, 2021
Earlier in the day, India captain Virat Kohli received his first dose of vaccination. Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan too are among cricketers who have been vaccinated. India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, pacer Umesh Yadav and senior opener Shikhar Dhawan have already got their first jabs.
The Indian team will be leaving for England on June 2 for a three-and-a-half-month tour, comprising six Test matches, including the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. 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 May 1.
The cricket fraternity has joined hands to help the country in tough times. Rishabh Pant has said he will donate to Hemkunt Foundation to procure beds and Oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 patients. Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have donated Rs 2 crore to a fund-raising project, which will raise a total of Rs 7 crore to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.