Former India skipper Virat Kohli has reportedly tested positive after returning from the Maldives where he was on vacation. Kohli flew with the Test team to England recently. He was seen with the players in the images uploaded by the Indian Cricket Board on Twitter. The former India skipper is the latest casualty after Ravichandran Ashwin, who didn’t fly to the United Kingdom due to COVID -19.
This will definitely impact the team’s preparation for the fifth Test. They will play the four-day warm-up game against Leicester starting on June 24. First of all, the rest of the players will now be tested and the team management that there are no more cases in the team. Notably, the same disease canceled the game last year when it was meant to be played in September.
Meanwhile, a source close to the 33-year-old has said that the latter was infected by the deadly disease after returning from the Maldives.
“Yes, Virat Kohli was also affected by Covid after coming back from his Maldives vacation,” a source told The Indian Express newspaper.
If that’s the case, the right-hander has broken the basic protocol. For the unversed, a COVID -19 patient need to isolate themselves for the amount of days prescribed by the physician. The minimum days of quarantining can be seven and maximum is 14. The source added that the practice game might not be as intense as it would have. The source reveals that the medical advice in such situation is not to overload the players after recovering from the lung disease.
“This means that India’s tour game against Leicestershire on June 24 will not be as concentrated as coach Rahul Dravid had hoped, because medical advice is to avoid overloading the players after they have suffered Covid-19.” “There could be more Covid cases on the team,” the source revealed.
The Test match will be played at the Edgbaston in Birmingham from July 1 to 5.