India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has joined the team bio-bubble after recovering from COVID-19 ahead of a marquee five-match Test series against England. Pant, who tested positive a few days back, has completed his 10 days of isolation and also returned negative RT PCR reports, mandatory protocols before being allowed to join the team. The development was confirmed by the BCCI who took to Twitter and posted “Hello @RishabhPant17, great to have you back.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 21, 2021
While there is no clarity how Pant contracted the virus, some believe he must have got infected while visiting a dentist for a toothache problem. Pant also visited Wembley Stadium to watch the Euro 2020 match between England and Germany and many see it as a source of infection as well.
Apart from Pant, four other members of the Indian contingent, training assistant Dayanand Garani, who also tested positive, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Bharat Arun, were also forced into isolation after being identified as close contacts with Pant.
Meanwhile, India will be delighted to see KL Rahul get runs in the warmup game against County Select XI. Rahul’s magnificent hundred helped Team India post 311 in their first inning. The bowlers too had a decent outing and restricted the County Select XI to 220-9. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers and accounted for three wickets while Mohammed Siraj backed him up with two wickets. Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shardul Thakur picked up a wicket each.
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