Krunal Pandya Have To Stay Back In Sri Lanka Due To The Mandatory One-Week Isolation Period
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Krunal Pandya Have To Stay Back In Sri Lanka Due To The Mandatory One-Week Isolation Period

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

Krunal Pandya has to stay back in Sri Lanka due to the mandatory isolation period of one week. The Indian cricket team left Sri Lanka on Friday (July 30) after having played six limited-overs matches over 45 days. All-rounder Krunal Pandya, however, remained in mandatory isolation in Colombo to recover from Covid-19.

It couldn’t be confirmed whether the two players selected to tour the U.K. for the five-Test series – Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw – were leaving for the U.K. from Colombo or were returning to India on a charter plane with the rest of the squad before flying again.

Krunal Pandya
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Krunal Pandya Will Have To Stay Back In Sri Lanka For The Time Being Due To The Mandatory Isolation Period Of 1 Week: BCCI Official

India lost the T20I series 2-1 on Thursday after several players of the squad had to be isolated owing to Krunal Pandya’s infection. 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.

“Yes, only Krunal will have to stay back in Sri Lanka for the time being due to the mandatory isolation period of one week,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC
Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC

“After one week, if he has two negative RT-PCR reports, he will be allowed to fly back. Currently, he is in the fourth day of his isolation. All others are free to depart as they have all tested negative,” he added.

India’s tour of Sri Lanka was full of hiccups owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ODI series was delayed by five days due to Sri Lankan coaches and staff testing positive and then the second T20 International slated for Tuesday (July 27) had to be deferred by a day after Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19.

India Lost Two Consecutive T20Is For Fielding An Inexperienced Team

Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Deepak Chahar were the eight players identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for Covid-19 and were ruled out from participating in the last two T20Is as a precautionary measure despite testing negative.

Team India. Pic: BCCI
Team India. Pic: BCCI

India named 4 T20I debutants in Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Chetan Sakariya for the 2nd T20I match. Put into bat, 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.

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