Krunal Pandya, the spin all-rounder has finally returned to India after completing his mandatory isolation period in Sri Lanka. Krunal tested positive for coronavirus just before India was scheduled to square off against Sri Lanka in the second T20 International of the three-match series.
After the conclusion of the Sri Lanka tour, other Indian players came back to India but Krunal Pandya had to stay in the island nation. The cricketer completed the mandatory seven-day isolation period, followed by two negative RT-PCR reports. He touched down in Mumbai on August 5, Thursday. The video of Krunal Pandya coming out from the airport was shared by a media portal.
Yuzvendra Chahal And Krishnappa Gowtham Are Still Present In Sri Lanka
Now, the only two players who are present in Sri Lanka are Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham. Along with Krunal Pandya, both the players had also received positive Covid-19 results. They are expected to undergo two RT-PCR tests on Thursday and can fly back to India after testing negative.
There was a potential breach in the bio-bubble of the Indian camp. After Krunal Pandya tested positive, as many as eight other Indian players, who were deemed as his close contacts, were isolated with immediate effect. The players who were isolated include the likes of Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ishan Kishan, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Krunal Pandya’s Positive Covid-19 Result Cost India The T20I Series As His 8 Close Contacts Also Missed The Last 2 T20Is
While Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham tested positive, all the other six players had negative results and were allowed to travel back to India. All the nine players including Krunal Pandya were ruled out from the remaining of the T20I series.
Krunal Pandya’s positive Covid-19 result cost India the T20I series as they were forced to play with an inexperienced and relatively young squad. India had secured a victory in the first T20 International by 38 runs. However, they lost the last two matches by four wickets and seven wickets, respectively, to lose the three-match series by 1-2.
The ODI series was delayed by five days and then the second T20 International, slated on Tuesday, had to be deferred by a day after Krunal Pandya tested positive, having shown symptoms on that day. In the 2nd T20I match, India was restricted to a modest 132 for 5 with skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with 40. The hosts Sri Lanka then chased down the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare.
In the 3rd and final T20I, opting to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan-led India got off to a poor start as the captain fell for a golden duck. Birthday boy Wanindu Hasaranga’s 4 for 9 and SL skipper Dasun Shanaka’s brilliant athleticism and 2/20 restricted India’s inexperienced batting line-up for a mere 81/9 in 20 overs-their second lowest T20I score.