Swashbuckling West Indies opener, Chris Gayle has thanked the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, for providing Jamaica with COVID-19 vaccines under the Vaccine Maitri initiative.
The Vaccine Maitri initiative is an attempt undertaken by the Indian government to help other countries in their struggle to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. The Made-in-India vaccines reached Jamaica last week.
On Friday, the Official Twitter account of the High Commission of India in Kingston, Jamaica posted a video in which the Jamaica-born superstar batsman is thanked PM Modi and the people and government of India for their support through the vaccines. The left-hander also said that he will land in India soon – for the IPL 2021.
“Honourable Prime Minister Modi, people of India and Government of India, I want to thank you for the donation of vaccine to Jamaica. We appreciate it, thank you so much. India I will be seeing you soon and thanks once again,” Chris Gayle said in the video.
Legendary Jamaican & WI Cricketer @henrygayle thanks PM @narendramodi, the People and Government of #India for the gift of #MadeInIndia Vaccine to #Jamaica#VaccineMaitri @PMOIndia @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy pic.twitter.com/fLBbhF5zTY
— India in Jamaica (@hcikingston) March 19, 2021
Earlier all-rounder Andre Russell, as well as former West Indies cricketers Vivian Richards, Richie Richardson, Jimmy Adams, and Ramnaresh Sarwan, had thanked PM Modi for helping the Caribbean countries by donating Covid-19 vaccines under the Vaccine Maitri initiative. It is reported that Antigua and Barbuda received 1,75,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of which 40,000 were donated to the country under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative.
Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a tweet had confirmed that 50,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines were received from India and appreciated the Indian government for the same.
“I am extremely pleased to report that yesterday afternoon, we received our first shipment of 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Government of India. We express our deep appreciation to the Government and people of India for this very much-needed support,” tweeted Andrew Holness.
Chris Gayle returns to West Indies team; soon to play for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021
In a recent 3-match home T20I series against Sri Lanka, Chris Gayle made his comeback to the West Indies T20 side after a gap of two years. The southpaw returned in the maroon colours in view of the upcoming T20 World Cup, however, could manage scores of 0, 16, and 13 in 3 matches; the hosts won the series 2-1.
The 41-year-old will soon be in action playing for the Punjab Kings in the IPL 2021. He played just 7 games last season but was instrumental in KL Rahul’s team’s 5-match winning streak.