From left to right: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane receive coronavirus vaccine. Twitter photo
India captain Virat Kohli and several of his team mates have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines before they leave for a tour of England next month.
India face New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship at Southampton in June before playing a five-Test series against England from Aug.4.
Virat Kohli walks outside the vaccination centre.
India's novel coronavirus cases rose by 329,942 on Tuesday, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876. The country leads the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in every three deaths reported worldwide each day, according to a Reuters tally.
"Vaccinate yourself as soon as you can please. Stay Safe," Kohli said an Instagram message after posting a photo of him being vaccinated on Monday.
Kohli's Test team mates Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have also posted messages on social media saying they have received the first jab.
Most of the players had been playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was suspended indefinitely last week because of the pandemic.
India began a vaccination drive for those above 18-years-old on May 1.
Indian athletes preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, including the men's and women's hockey teams, have also received their first dose of the vaccine.
Members of the shooting contingent also received their first dose before leaving for a training camp in Croatia on Monday.
Importantly, India have never lost a T20I series in Australia — they lost a one-off game in 2008.
"Virat Kohli is a good player and he has performed well against Pakistan. I have nothing against him but if Indians don't compare their players with Pakistan, then we shouldn't do that as well," he added.
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