Rishabh Pant May Have Picked Up The Virus At The Dentist's Clinic Which He Visited On July 5 And 6
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant May Have Picked Up The Virus At The Dentist’s Clinic Which He Visited On July 5 And 6

Rishabh Pant had gone to a dentist on July 5th and 6th before getting fully vaccinated on July 7th. On July 08, the wicket-keeper batsman had tested positive for Covid-19. The 3-week break in England for Indian cricketers came at the cost of Rishabh Pant and throw-down specialist Dayanand Garani contracting the novel coronavirus.

While the exact source of infection isn’t known, Rishabh Pant’s recent dentist visit has been identified as a potential point from where the wicket-keeper might have contracted the dreaded virus.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Rishabh Pant May Have Picked Up The Virus At The Dentist’s Clinic Which He Visited On July 5 And 6

The wicket-keeper batsman has been in quarantine for the past 8 days, having tested positive for the virus on July 8. As per a report, Rishabh Pant had paid a visit to a dentist in London on July 5 and 6 and might have picked up the virus there.

Rishabh Pant gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Rishabh Pant gets the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Pic credit: Rishabh Pant Twitter handle

On July 07, Rishabh Pant as well as the other members of the Indian team along with their family members were given the second dose of vaccination in London. Just a day later, on July 8, Rishabh Pant tested positive for the virus.

“Pant had gone to a dentist on July 5 and 6, and could have picked the virus from the clinic. On July 7, he had been vaccinated,” a source told.

Rishabh Pant is home quarantined and is staying at his relatives’ place at present and is likely to join the tour party in Durham later. Sources said the player experienced a sore throat, which led to a Covid test and it returned positive. His teammates and support staff, who came in contact with the player, were kept in isolation for three days and they have completed their isolation period.

Rishabh Pant Also Had Visited The Webley Stadium To Witness An Euro 2020 Match

Rishabh Pant had also gone to the Wembley Stadium on June 29 when England took on Germany in a Euro 2020 match. Questions have been raised over this visit of Rishabh Pant too.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said put light on the topic as he said, “Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI medical team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.”

Rishabh Pant enjoying an Euro 2020 knock-out match
Rishabh Pant enjoying a Euro 2020 knock-out match Image Source: TWITTER

The current situation puts both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha — as a close-contact of Dayanand Garani and has been put into quarantine — unavailable for India’s first 3-days practice Test against Select County XI in Durham from July 20. In such a situation, other option KL Rahul is all but set to take up the job behind the stumps for Team India in the whites for the first time.

“Both Pant and Saha will be unavailable for the team’s practice game against Combined County XI at Chester-le-Street at Durham from July 20, which means KL Rahul should be going the glovework in that game. However, Pant should be able to make it to the team’s second practice match – an intra-squad game from July 28,” a source told TOI.

Jay Shah also revealed that the entire contingent which has been fully vaccinated is also taking the Lateral Flow Test (LFT) on a daily basis to further reduce the risk of the dreaded virus causing any serious trouble.

“The entire Indian contingent including traveling family members and caretakers were administered with the second dose of Covid vaccine earlier this month in London. To mitigate any further risks, the Indian contingent is taking the Lateral Flow Test on a daily basis,” the BCCI secretary said in his statement.

While England is doing away with almost all Covid-19 restrictions, Jay Shah has advised each member of the contingent to personally take precautions and avoid going to crowded places.

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