UNITED KINGDOM: England stand-in captain Ben Stokes was seen wearing training jersey with the name of Indian doctor Vikas Kumar to honour him for the fight against coronavirus.
This comes as the England Cricket Board decided to honour frontline healthcare workers who are involved in the fight against the pandemic.
Kumar, who completed his post-graduate diploma in anaesthesia from Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College, said, “It was overwhelming to see Stokes and others putting that message out…It’s been very difficult for all of us.”
35-year-old NHS doctor Kumar got a heart-warming video message from Stokes.
Dr Vikas Kumar is one of the key worker heroes whose name featured on the England Men’s training shirts today for day 1 of the #raisethebat Test SeriesWatch Vikas view a message from fellow Durham-local Ben Stokes who wore his name with pride today🙌 https://t.co/rQw1yVvynF — England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) July 8, 2020
The Indian-origin doctor moved to England in 2019 along with his wife and two-year-old son.
The England cricket team wore jerseys with names of health workers as international cricket resumed in Southampton after a gap of 117 days.
Apart from Vikas, three other Indian-origin health workers, Dr. Jamasp Kaikhusroo Dastur from Norwich, and Harikrishna Shah and physiotherapist Krishan Aghada from Leicester also got their name featured in the campaign for the ongoing series against the West Indies.
Our players today #raisethebat by proudly wearing the names of key workers from the cricket community who have made a huge difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.Thank You 👏👏👏 Full Story: https://t.co/8D328Ubs7x pic.twitter.com/C0Dcv6VIU4 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 8, 2020