The vice-captain of the Indian Test team, Ajinkya Rahane took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. Upon doing so, he also urged every eligible person to take the vaccine. The batsman will take the second dose of the vaccine in England where he and the rest of the Indian Test contingent will be put up for the next few months due to the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final and a series against England later.
The Indian side will travel to the UK soon and earlier than expected at that. This is because the Indian Premier League (IPL) was scheduled to run till late May, but its early suspension means that players can get more preparation time for the all-important final against New Zealand which will take place from June 18 to 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. There is expected to be a bio-bubble created in India for the purpose of the matches.
Ajinkya Rahane encourages everyone to get vaccinated
Ajinkya Rahane posted a picture of himself getting vaccinated today in Mumbai and wrote, “Got my first dose of the vaccine today. I urge everyone to register and get yourself vaccinated, if you’re eligible.” It is noteworthy that his Delhi Capitals (DC) teammate in the IPL, Shikhar Dhawan also got his first shot of the vaccine yesterday. But while Dhawan will take the second shot in India, Rahane must do so in England.
Due to the fact that the Indian players will take the second shot in England, they have been advised to take only the Covishield vaccine in India. A source spoke about the same to TOI and said, “It is advised that they take Covishield in India because it is based on the AstraZeneca vaccine, a UK product. They may get the second shot in UK. Getting a different vaccine here is of no use.”
It is expected that India would reach UK by early June for the WTC final on June 18.