Jasprit Bumrah receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

India’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah on Tuesday said that he has received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. “Vaccinated. Please stay safe everyone,” tweeted the India and Mumbai Indians speedster along with a picture.

Bumrah is expected to lead the Indian pace attack in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent away series in England.

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Then several of his teammates, including skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, had got their first jab in various vaccination centres across 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.

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Piyush Chawla’s father Passes Away due to Covid-19.

Piyush Chawla’s father, Pramod Kumar Chawla, died on Monday. He had recovered from a bout of Covid-19, but as Chawla, the former India legspinner, said in a post on Instagram, Pramod had been suffering from post-Covid-19 complications.

The spinnerā€™s father was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi after testing positive forĀ coronavirus. ā€œLife wonā€™t be the same without him anymore, lost my pillar of strength today,ā€ wrote the Mumbai Indians spinner.

Piyush, who once led the India U-19 team in the World Cup, made his international debut in 2006. He has featured in three Tests, 25 ODIs, and seven T20Is, with his last match coming in 2012.

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Piyush Chawla’s Indian Premier League team and former India teammate Irfan Pathan tweeted their condolences. “Our thoughts go out to Piyush Chawla who lost his father, Mr. Pramod Kumar Chawla this morning. We are with you and your family in this difficult time. Stay strong,”Ā Mumbai IndiansĀ tweeted.

Piyush Chawla was with the Mumbai Indians team before the BCCI and the IPL governing council decided to postpone the 2021 season after several players and staff of some IPL teams tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Virat Kohli Gets Vaccinated.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Kohli shared an Instagram story while taking the vaccine, and wrote “Vaccinate as soon as you can please”.

Kohli expressed gratitude towards healthcare and frontline workers who have helped everyone in difficult times in fighting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma have joined hands with the crowd-funding platform Ketto to start their fundraising campaign ‘In This Together’ to raiseĀ ā‚¹7 crore to help India in these testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also contributedĀ ā‚¹2 crores for the initiative.

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Meanwhile, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and his wife Pratima Singh also received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. “Thankful for this and grateful for all the essential workers.

Happy to see the smooth running of the facility & management. Let’s all get vaccinated at the earliest,” Ishant wrote on his twitter handle.

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Chetan Sakariya loses his father due to Covid-19.

Kanjibhai Sakariya, the father of Rajasthan Royals fast bowlerĀ Chetan Sakariya, died in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, on Sunday from Covid-19.

Kanjibhai had tested positive while his son was playing in IPL 2021, and is the second family member Sakariya has lost this year. Weeks before the IPL auction in February, his younger brother Rahul died by suicide.

Sakariya was bought by the Royals for INR 1.2 crore (USD 164,000 approx) and it was a good investment for them as the 23-year-old uncapped left-armer consistently impressed in the tournament before it was postponed.

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Sakariya, who took seven wickets in the suspended IPL 2021, had lost his brother in January this year. The young pacer was playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when his brother passed away.

Earlier this week, Indian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy had also lost her sister Vatsala to COVID-19. While the India all-rounder tested negative for coronavirus last month, she had indicated that her sister contracted COVID-19.

The India all-rounder had requested everyone to pray for her sister as she was battling with the virus. The past couple of days have been devastating for the Bengaluru-based cricketer as she lost her mother to COVID-19 in April.

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Prasidh Krishna tests positive for Covid-19.

Prasidh Krishna is the latest from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to test positive for COVID-19.

Krishna, 25, made his India debut earlier this year in the ODI series against England in Pune and picked six wickets in three matches.

Chakravarthy and Warrier were the first two players to test positive for Covid-19 in the bubble not just from the Knight Riders camp but in the 2021 IPL,Ā which was postponed indefinitely.

It later emerged that Wriddhiman Saha of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Amit Mishra of the Delhi Capitals had also tested positive among players.

On Saturday, NZC announced thatĀ Seifert had also tested positiveĀ and would stay back in India before flying back to New Zealand.

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Krishna played seven games for the Knight Riders in the 2021 IPL, picking up eight wickets at an economy rate of 9.16. Krishna will hope to recover in time to be in a bubble with the Indian side, which is expected to leave for the UK on June 2.

Krishna, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan and Arzan Nagwaswalla were among the four standby players named by the selectors as part of the enlarged squad that will remain in the UK from June to September.

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Tim Seifert tests positive for Covid-19.

KKR’s Tim Seifert tests positive for Covid-19, to be treated in Chennai before flying home

Seifert had joined the Knight Riders as aĀ replacementĀ for the injured USA bowler Ali Khan during IPL 2020. He was retained ahead of the auction in February this year but did not get a game in IPL 2021.

Seifert becomes the third player from the KKR camp to have contracted the virus in the now-postponed IPL 2021, after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier.

As per New Zealand Cricket’s statement, Seifert failed both his pre-departure RT-PCR tests and is currently experiencing “moderate symptoms”. The statement also noted that he had “returned seven negative tests in the 10 days leading up to his pre-departure protocols”.

The wicket-keeper-batsman is expected to be transferred to Chennai for treatment, in the same private hospital where former Australia cricketer and Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has been staying sinceĀ testing positive for COVID-19.

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Once Seifert serves the statutory period of isolation and tests negative for COVID-19, he will be transferred back to New Zealand where he will serve the mandatory 14-day period of managed isolation.
One of the two charter flights transporting New Zealand’s IPL contingent back home has already departed India, and the other will leave this evening (NZ time) after being delayed for logistical reasons.

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