The hullabaloo around India breaching COVID-19 rules in Melbourne has taken different twists and turns. Cricket Australia, on Saturday, released a statement that the five Indian players will be isolated after a video surfaced showing them eating inside a Melbourne restaurant on New Year’s Day. Following the orders, reports surfaced that those players will also be travelling separately from the Indian squad to Sydney to play the third Test.
However, the recent report from India Today claims that they are indeed travelling together and there was no talk even of the 5 players travelling separately or being left behind. They have also stated that the allegation of violating protocol was unfair to blame and the whole team is committed to being real ambassadors as they have been for 2 months.
Meanwhile, those five players are vice-captain Rohit Sharma, fast bowler Navdeep Saini, openers Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Team India to travel to Sydney on January 4:
Navaldeep Singh was the Indian cricket fan who tweeted the video of the aforementioned people dining out in a hotel in Melbourne. He also claimed that Pant had hugged him after he paid the bill for them. However, after his tweet went viral and the players were being balmed, he posted another tweet apologizing for the miscommunication and clarifying that Pant didn’t hug him.
Meanwhile, both teams will be reaching Sydney on January 4 after which they will start preparing for the third Test which begins from January 7. The four-match series currently stands level at 1-1 after India bounced back from the Adelaide defeat.
Ajinkya Rahane-led side won the MCG Test by eight wickets. The Third Test will be neck to neck as both the team will be looking to win it to gain the lead.