India all-rounder has reportedly been tested negative for COVID-19. He had contracted the virus during the T20I series against Sri Lanka after the first game. As many as seven other players were deemed close contacts by the medical team and as a result, India were severely short of their batting resources.
They played with only five batsmen in the last two T20Is and ended up losing the series to Sri Lanka, their first in 13 years. Rather India managed only 81 runs in the third and deciding T20I as the top-order collapsed and the long tail had to face the majority of the overs.
Soon after the series, the rest of the squad returned home but the Krunal Pandya stayed back in Sri Lanka only. However, he reportedly left the Mount Lavinia Hotel on Wednesday morning and went to catch a flight to India.
The other two players, Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham who were tested positive later, are still awaiting their COVID test results. They will be allowed to leave Sri Lanka only after returning negative results for the virus. The news of Krunal Pandya recovering from the virus hasn’t been made official yet but an official announcement on the same is expected soon from the board.
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav who were among the close contacts of Krunal Pandya, also reached England a couple of days ago. Fortunately, they didn’t contract the virus but were soon isolated and are now in quarantine in the UK. They are likely to link up with the squad during the second Test of the five-match series.