Indian cricket team’s senior opener Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday said he has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The 35-year-old batsman was part of the Delhi Capitals squad in the Indian Premier League that was indefinitely suspended on Tuesday due to multiple COVID-19 cases in its bio-bubble.Also Read - India's Predicted Playing 11 For 1st ODI vs Zimbabwe at Harare: Captain KL Rahul Likely to Open With Shikhar Dhawan in Rohit Sharma's Absence

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“Vaccinated. Can’t thank all our frontline warriors enough for their sacrifices and dedication. Please do not hesitate and get yourself vaccinated as soon as possible. It’ll help us all defeat this virus,”

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.

In order to ramp up the coronavirus vaccination drive in the country, the Indian government had last month announced a “liberalised and accelerated” Phase 3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination from May 1.

Everyone above the age of 18 to be eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine, said the government.