Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham test positive for Covid-19

While on Sri Lanka tour, senior leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and spin-bowling allrounder Krishnappa Gowtham have tested positive for Covid-19. The two were among an initial group of eight players identified as close associates of allrounder Krunal Pandya, who tested positive on July 27.

Krunal was immediately isolated after testing positive for both Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR on July 27. The remaining eight players were promptly separated from the rest of the touring group and did not play in the second and third T20Is, respectively, due to protocol violations.

Sri Lankan government’s standards state that anyone who tests positive for the virus should stay in the country for at least 10 days and can only depart after passing a new set of tests. Those identified as the infected person’s close contacts must isolate for seven days before passing the required tests. It would also mean that Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw’s trips to England would be postponed.

Rishabh Pant had tested positive for Covid-19 before in England, and he was segregated with Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran, and Bharat Arun. Several players tested positive for Covid-19 during the IPL, and the tournament was subsequently suspended. The 2021 IPL will begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka defeated India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I, thanks to Wanindu Hasaranga’s four-wicket haul and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 23-run effort. Sri Lanka clinched the series 2-1 with this victory.