Kapil Dev gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Former Indian captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. The World Cup-winning skipper took the vaccine at Fortis Hospital Heart Institute in Delhi under the supervision of his cardiologist Dr Atul Mathur, Director of Cardiology.

Last year, the 62-year-old legendary cricketer was admitted to the hospital on October 23 after complaining of chest pain. He underwent an angioplasty and was discharged two days later.

Kapil Dev has played 131 Test matches and 225 ODIs for India. In the longest form of the game, he amassed 5,248 runs and picked 434 wickets. Under his leadership, India won the 1983 World Cup after defeating West Indies in the finals.

Another former Indian cricketer and a teammate of Kapil Dev who played an integral part of the 1983 World Cup, Madan Lal also received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

On the same day, Indian cricket team’ head coach Ravi Shastri also took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Apollo Hospital, Ahmedabad.

Shastri is currently with the Indian squad participating in a four-match series against England. India is 2-1 up against England, with the fourth and final Test of the series to begin on Thursday. Indi requires only a draw to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC).


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