After Krunal Pandya turned Covid positive, on Tuesday (July 27), two more Team India members have returned with positive reports. Yuzvendra Chahal and spin all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding to the BCCI’s headaches.
Both Chahal and Gowtham were part of the eight players identified as close contacts of all-rounder Krunal, along with Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, and Ishan Kishan.
As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, Chahal, Gowtham, and the other six close contacts of Krunal — along with the Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder — will be staying back in Colombo, though the rest of the Indian squad are on their way back home — as they return with negative tests — post the end of the three ODIs and T20Is, each, on Thursday (June 29).
For the unversed, Krunal was shifted to an immediate care centre post his reports whereas the other six members were continuing to stay back at the same team hotel, although being placed at a distance from the other members.
As per sources from the SL Medical Authority, who told NewsWire, that India’s Gowtham and Chahal had tested positive during the latest tests conducted by health authorities.
What lies ahead of the Covid-positive player?
Krunal, Yuzi Chahal, and Gowtham will remain in isolation for ten days and clear a fresh round of tests before they can be allowed to leave the country. On the other hand, their close contacts will also have to remain in isolation for a week and clear the prescribed tests — as per the Sri Lankan government’s guidelines — before they are allowed to return to India.
All the white-ball specialists still have a lot of time in hand before their next assignment, i.e. IPL 14’s final leg followed by T20 World Cup 2021. They will, however, be eager to return with rounds of negative tests to breathe a sigh of relief and win over the virus.