Who is Dr. Vikas Kumar and why he is on the back of Ben Stokes’ training jersey

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes who is leading England currently in the Test against West Indies was seen in the jersey with the name Dr. Vikas Kumar printed on it. It was printed on his training jersey to honour him. As international cricket resumed after a long time – 117 days, England cricket board has honoured all the NHS staffs for doing their best during the global pandemic novel coronavirus fight.

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Dr. Vikas Kumar is in charge of the critical care unit of a National Health Service (NHS) Trust hospital at Darlington in Durham. According to the Indian Express, he was among those nominated by cricket clubs in England as a part of their Raise The Bat campaign. The doctor was happy to see Ben Stokes and other players sharing a strong message with their gesture.

Dr. Vikas Kumar with his family. (Image Courtesy: Dr Vikas Kumar)

Kumar himself is a cricket enthusiast and he plays for Gilli Boys Amateur Club which was formed by Asian-origin players, and Cowgate Cricket Club near to Newcastle after moved to England with his wife and son in 2019. When he was in school, he dreamt of playing cricket and he was also appointed as the official doctor at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi during the India-Sri Lanka Test match nearly about three years ago.

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“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,” Dr. Vikas Kumar, the Delhi University alumni who had completed his post-graduate diploma in anaesthesia from Maulana Azad Medical College, expressed to the Indian Express.

“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 further added as well.

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Notably, England will take on Pakistan after the completion of the Test series against West Indies.

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