The England Cricket team honoured frontline healthcare workers for their contribution and involvement in the fight against Covid-19. The England cricket team wore jerseys with names of health workers as international cricket resumed in Southampton after a gap of 117 days. One of the doctors nominated in the ‘Raise The Bat’ campaign was Dr. Vikas Kumar who works at the critical care unit of a National Health Service (NHS) Trust hospital at Darlington in Durham.
Kumar’s name was featured on the jersey worn by England’s captain Ben Stokes. The 35-year-old was absolutely ecstatic to see England’s World Cup hero wearing a jersey with his name on the back of it.
“It was overwhelming to see Stokes and others putting that message out. It’s been very difficult for all of us. NHS staff have made a lot of sacrifices. This recognition is for the entire medical fraternity, including my doctor friends in India,” said Kumar as quoted by Indian Express.
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 Series
Watch 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
Kumar graduated from Delhi University and completed his post-graduate diploma in anesthesia from Maulana Azad Medical College. He moved to England in 2019 along with his wife and two-year-old son. Kumar said that he played cricket at his college but with all my family members into studies, he also decided to become a doctor like his brothers.
“I was a cricket fan, and played for my medical college, but all my family members were into studies. So I had to become a doctor like my brothers,” he says, laughing.
Kumar got a heart-warming video message from Stokes.
“Hi Vikas, a big thanks for everything you have done throughout this pandemic. I want to wish you a happy return to cricket, all the best mate, get as many runs and wickets as you can.”