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KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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You Can Make Comeback Either In Rahul Dravid’s Defensive Style Or My Aggressive Style, Says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag has highlighted that there is no defined way of staging a comeback and lauded KL Rahul for finding his own path.
KL Rahul played a solid 84-run knock that helped Team India take a first-innings lead against England in the drawn first Test. The stylish opener credited his shot selection for his successful return to the longest format of the game.
Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: KL Rahul’s Improved Performance Was Due To Shot Selection

During a discussion on Sony Sports, Virender Sehwag pointed out that one can take a defensive or attacking approach while making a comeback and KL Rahul had to choose the one appropriate for him.

“There are two types of mindset, you can make a comeback either in Rahul Dravid style, where you don’t play a shot at all and become extremely defensive, or you play aggressively in Sehwag style. Both are difficult, so you have to find your own way which is best for you.”

The former Indian opener spoke in glowing terms about KL Rahul stating that he has worked on his shot selection. While citing the example of Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag highlighted that it is the most vital ingredient for success at the international level.

“He said a very good thing that the improvement was caused by his shot selection. It is the most important thing, if your shot selection is good, the performance will surely happen. Virat Kohli is so consistent because his shot selection is very good. He knows which shots he can play and which he can’t. He sticks to that even after scoring a century.”

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI

Virender Sehwag added that KL Rahul played shots based on the merit of each delivery and was not ultra-aggressive.

“So that is the line I liked the most in KL Rahul’s interview that he was looking to play too many shots earlier but in this innings his shot selection was most impressive. He only played shots if the ball was pitched up or short, he either left or defended the good length deliveries.”

KL Rahul’s 84-run knock came off 214 deliveries and was studded with 12 hits to the fence. Playing his first Test in nearly two years, KL Rahul scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul Shines On Comeback After 2019 As Virender Sehwag Is Hopeful That He Will Go Forward And Play Many More Substantial Knocks

With KL Rahul also saying that he has worked on his trigger movement, Virender Sehwag opined that the 29-year-old will only grow from strength to strength from here as he seems to have addressed his issues.

“Sometimes there are small-small things that you need to pay attention to. So your friend or coach who has been seeing you for long can tell you better, identifying that is very necessary. He has identified that now and he will go forward from here and not back.”

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Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
KL Rahul only played the first Test against England after Mayank Agarwal was ruled out from the 1st Test due to a blow to his head. The former will hope to continue in the same vein in the remaining Tests and cement his place in the Indian team at the top of the order.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test before Nottingham in August of 2019, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion. He played his last Test way back in 2019 August against and in West Indies. With Shubman Gill already back home, Mayank Agarwal injured and Prithvi Shaw having just reached England, KL Rahul was tasked with the responsibility of opening the innings along with Rohit Sharma, and he answered the challenge with aplomb, keeping the innings steady with a 12th Test fifty.

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
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VVS Laxman Wants KL Rahul To Open For Being A Class Batsman As He Reckons There Isn’t A Better Option Than Him

VVS Laxman has cast his vote for KL Rahul ahead of Mayank Agarwal as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner for the upcoming Test series against England.

Team India will have to choose between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal after Shubman Gill was ruled out of the Test series against England. Abhimanyu Easwaran, who was initially part of the reserves, has also been added to the main Indian squad though. But he will not be in starting XI due to his minimal experience as he is yet to debut.

KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images
KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images

VVS Laxman Wants KL Rahul To Open For Being A Class Batsman

During a discussion on Star Sports, VVS Laxman opined that KL Rahul should bat at the top of the order.

He reasoned: “I want KL Rahul to open because he is a class batsman. He has shown that by scoring a century as an opener in an overseas series. There is no option better than him in the Indian team. Mayank Agarwal is there for sure, but I would back KL Rahul to open with Rohit Sharma.”

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman. (Photo: Twitter)

However, the former Indian batsman expressed surprise at the team management’s decision not to make KL Rahul open in either inning of the warm-up encounter.

“But I am a bit surprised that he batted in the middle order in both innings of the warm-up match. Does it mean that the selectors and team management want him to bat in the middle order and not as an opener? This I don’t know.”

KL Rahul, who also kept wickets in the practice match against a County Select XI, scored a century while batting in the middle order.

VVS Laxman: It Will Be Challenging For Mayank Agarwal To Think Which Tactics Should Be Employed Against England

VVS Laxman was also asked about the pressure on Mayank Agarwal, who is likely to open in the first Test, because of Prithvi Shaw being flown over.

He responded: “The insecurity is always there when you play international cricket. As a batsman, you want to execute your formula whenever given a chance and you will give a better performance if you think about what you can control. So Mayank Agarwal has the challenge on what tactics to employ against Jimmy Anderson, Broad and other England bowlers and give a good performance.”

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
VVS Laxman signed off by pointing out that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are only being sent across as cover for any further injuries.

“I feel Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have been called because there are five Test matches and it is the Covid situation where you have to quarantine and stay in the bubble as well. So it is better to have as many opening batsmen options as possible.”

BCCI initially decided not to send a replacement for the injured opener Shubman Gill. But with Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan also getting ruled out of the series, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are being sent as reinforcements. KL Rahul is seen as an opener rather than a middle-order batsman.

However, with Mayank Agarwal set to open with Rohit Sharma and if either falls early, KL Rahul will be facing the new ball anyway and could offer a realistic chance to fight back. That he is in fine form in the IPL and carried that in the warm-up match against Select County XI, slamming a century will offer Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri hope.

However, what goes against him is his stats at No 3 in Test. While KL Rahul has been relatively successful as an opener, he hasn’t done well at No 3. In five innings at that position, he has averaged only 17.60 with just a 50 to his name. But at this point, India does not have an option other than backing KL Rahul or Hanuma Vihari.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw
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Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav Tested Negative: To Fly To UK Within 24 Hours

Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have tested negative for COVID-19 as their latest tests which were done on Sunday were revealed.

The BCCI announced Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as replacements for Shubman Gill and as a backup for injury-prone Ajinkya Rahane respectively for the five-Test series in England, starting on Wednesday 4th August. The pair will leave for England in the next 24 hours. Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan were ruled out.

Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty

Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav Were Close Contacts Of Krunal Pandya

Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav had to stay back in Sri Lanka after being identified as two of the close contacts of Krunal Pandya. Krunal Pandya was one of the three Indian players testing positive in their recently-concluded white-ball tour of Sri Lanka. Due to coming in close contact with Krunal Pandya, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav did not play the final two T20Is of the three-game series. Furthermore, they had to delay their departure.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

A source claimed that Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are waiting for their visas as the weekends caused them not to receive from the United Kingdom Embassy office in Sri Lanka. It also revealed that the travel agent is trying its best to ensure the pair get it and fly to their destination within the next 24 hours. The ECB and BCCI have made some special provisions to fly the players from Sri Lanka.

“They are waiting for their visas. Because of the two holidays (Saturday and Sunday), they could not receive the same through the United Kingdom Embassy office in Sri Lanka. The travel agent has been following up the matter and it is hoped they would leave within 24 hours to join Team India in England,” the sources said as per Deccan Chronicle.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the United Kingdom from Colombo on Saturday (July 31) despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory. Their entry into England is being facilitated by a specially-created rule for sportspersons by the UK Government.

Suryakumar Yadav Yet To Play Tests

Following a long wait, Suryakumar Yadav has made an excellent start to his international career. He was the Player of the Series in the ODIs against Sri Lanka and scored a half-century in India’s win in the first T20I as well. Suryakumar Yadav has played 3 ODIs where he amassed 124 runs averaging 62 and 4 T20Is where he amassed 139 runs averaging 46.33.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unlike Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav is yet to play Test cricket, having made his international debut only this year. The right-handed batsman has been incredible in all his fixtures so far, translating his vast domestic experience to the international arena.

But Suryakumar Yadav has a compelling record in first-class cricket, scoring 5326 runs in 77 first-class games at 44.01, with 14 tons. Meanwhile, Prithvi Shaw has so far featured in five Tests, managing 339 runs at 42.37, having made a ton on debut. He has not played the format since the first Test against Australia last year in Adelaide.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.
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Aakash Chopra: KL Rahul Will Definitely Get A Chance For Having Experience Of Playing In England

Aakash Chopra, a former Test opener feels that KL Rahul has a decent chance of playing some Test matches for India in England. Aakash Chopra believes the reason for this is that Team India has definite weaknesses in the batting department.

Aakash Chopra has opined that KL Rahul can fit in as an opener as well. However, since the think-tank has already decided his position, the Karnataka man will play in the middle-order if he is drafted into the XI.

KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images
KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images

Aakash Chopra: KL Rahul Will Definitely Get A Chance For Having Experience Of Playing In England

India has added Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw to their Test squad after subsequent injuries ruled out Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and Avesh Khan. The Men in Blue’s batting has been wobbly of late, with the experienced trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane not scoring consistently.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra admitted that India could bring in KL Rahul to strengthen their batting line-up.

“KL Rahul has the experience of playing in English conditions. He has scored a Test hundred in England and got one in the warm-up match as well. He is now playing as a middle-order batsman. He can definitely get a chance. There is an opening in the middle-order, which is why Shaw and Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) have been added to the squad,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Team India have weaknesses in the batting. Abhimanyu Easwaran apparently doesn’t seem in good form. The opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma are yet to prove themselves in overseas conditions. One is not sure about Hanuma Vihari’s consistency with the bat. So looking at all the factors, KL Rahul can definitely get a look-in. I think he can play as an opener also but as of now it seems he will bat in the middle-order, if he plays,” said Aakash Chopra.

KL Rahul has scored 670 runs in 14 games in IPL 2020 and was the highest scorer and scored 331 runs in IPL 2021 as well in the first half. He played his last Test way back in 2019 August against and in West Indies. He has played 36 Tests and scored 2006 runs averaging 34.59 so far.

The 28-year-old batsman who can do wicket-keeping job as well debuted in 2014 in Tests and has featured in only 38 ODIs, 36 Tests, and 49 T20Is. In the last few Test series, his average was less than 30. His average was a dismal 7.5 against South Africa in 2018 and 11.4 against Australia in 2018 which led to his snub from Tests. KL Rahul featured in all five Tests during the tour of England in 2018.

KL Rahul Scored A Ton In The Last 5th Test Against England And Featured In A 204 Run Stand With Rishabh Pant

He had a torrid time in the first four Tests but redeemed himself with a century in the final match of the series at The Oval. KL Rahul scored 149 from 224 balls and featured in a 204-run stand with Rishabh Pant (114). India, however, went on to lose the Test by 118 runs. Set 464 for victory, they were all out for 345.

KL Rahul And Rishabh Pant- AFP
KL Rahul And Rishabh Pant- AFP

It was India’s fourth loss in the five-match series in England. KL Rahul finished the 2018 series with 299 runs at an average of 29.90. He last featured in a Test match for India against West Indies at Kingston in September 2019.

KL Rahul, on the other hand, is seen as an opener rather than a middle-order batsman. However, with Mayank Agarwal set to open with Rohit Sharma and if either falls early, KL Rahul will be facing the new ball anyway and could offer a realistic chance to fight back. That he is in fine form in the IPL and carried that in the warm-up match against Select County XI, slamming a century will offer Virat Kohli & Ravi Shastri hope.

However, what goes against him is his stats at No 3 in Test. While KL Rahul has been relatively successful as an opener, he hasn’t done well at No 3. In five innings at that position, he has averaged only 17.60 with just a 50 to his name. But at this point, India does not have an option other than backing KL Rahul or Hanuma Vihari.

Jay Shah AP Photo
Jay Shah AP Photo
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Jay Shah Backs Team Management’s Request To Send Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw To England

Jay Shah, BCCI secretary has backed the request of the team management to send Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to the UK to join the Indian contingent already there for the five-match Test series. This development came after there were doubts on whether there will be a change of plan with the duo being isolated as close contacts of Krunal Pandya came in Colombo ahead of the second T20I in the Island Nation.

Sources in the know of developments said the board officials including Jay Shah discussed the situation after Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw had to be isolated ahead of the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka, but the board secretary Jay Shah backed the call from skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to send the duo to the UK for the Test series.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

Jay Shah And BCCI Discussed Where There Needs To Be A Change In The Plan After The Duo Was Identified As Close Contacts Of Krunal Pandya

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the United Kingdom from Colombo on Saturday (July 31) despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory. Their entry into England is being facilitated by a specially-created rule for sportspersons by the UK Government.

That Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will still enter the UK, is because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have made use of a special provision that permits Elite Sportspersons in the UK this summer.

“There were discussions if there needs to be a change in the plan after the duo had to be isolated as close contacts of Krunal Pandya. But with the reports coming in negative for COVID-19, the secretary Jay Shah felt it was best to back the request of the team management and send them to the UK,” the source said.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter

The BCCI had on July 26 informed that the All-India Senior Selection Committee had named Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as replacements for the upcoming Test series against England as all-rounder Washington Sundar, batsman Shubman Gill and pacer Avesh Khan have been ruled out of the tour due to injuries.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have been given the nod by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah to fly out for England on Saturday(July 31). Also, to be noted is that both will be travelling under a special ‘Elite player exemption’ rule of the UK government which is for sportspersons entering the UK from Red List countries, such as Sri Lanka.

Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill, And Avesh Khan Were Ruled Out

As per the release, Washington Sundar had taken an injection on his right-hand bowling finger during the three-day practice game against County Select XI. However, his recovery will take longer than expected and he is not bowling-fit. As a result, the spinner had been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour.

Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty

Fast bowler Avesh Khan suffered a blow to his left thumb on Day 1 of the warm-up game. He was taken for an X-Ray and the result confirmed a fracture. A specialist was consulted for further management of his injury. He was also ruled out of India’s Tour of England.

Opening batsman Shubman Gill had sustained a developing stress reaction on his left lower leg (shin) during the World Test Championship final and he was also ruled out. The Test series between India and England commences on August 4 at Trent Bridge.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)
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Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw Will Fly To The UK From Colombo On July 31 Under Special Provision

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the United Kingdom from Colombo on Saturday (July 31) despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory. Their entry into England is being facilitated by a specially-created rule for sportspersons by the UK Government.

Normally, only travelers from Green List or Amber List countries are allowed in the UK. Those travelling from the Red List countries — which Sri Lanka is — can be allowed only if they are the UK and Irish citizens.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter

Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw Wil Enter The UK As The UK Government Created Elite Player Exemption

That Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will still enter the UK, is because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have made use of a special provision that permits Elite Sportspersons in the UK this summer. This is the very rule that allowed footballers and tennis players into the country for Euro Football and Wimbledon earlier this summer.

“The UK Government created Elite player exemption earlier this summer to help the Indian touring party travel in the first place. The same rule was used for other sports like football and tennis for the Euros and Wimbledon. And now that is being used for the two new players,” a top ECB official told Cricbuzz on Friday (July 30).

Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will reportedly have to return three negative RT-PCR tests before they can travel to England as replacements for the upcoming Test series.

The Indian Test squad in England has already seen three of the players being ruled out. While opener Shubman Gill withdrew due to leg injury and has since returned home, off-spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has hurt his finger, and pace bowler Avesh Khan, who was among the standby players, has suffered a fracture his left thumb.

As a result, the selectors have pushed Abhimanyu Easwaran into the main squad and have also called up Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav. The Test series begins on August 4 in Nottingham. The second Test will be played on August 12-16 at Lord’s, London, the third Test on August 25-29 in Leeds, the fourth Test between September 2 and 6 at the Oval, London, and the fifth and final Test in Manchester from September 10 to 14.

Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav Have To Undergo Quarantine For 10 Days In England Upon Arrival Ruling Them Out Of The First 2 Tests

Despite the special permission, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will still have to undergo quarantine for 10 days. The isolation period effectively rules them out of the first two Tests. The second Test starts at Lord’s on August 12, by when the two players’ quarantine period should be over but the general perception is that they will have to have some red-ball practice before being considered for a place in a Test against England.

Meanwhile, the Indian Test team in England will travel to Nottingham on Saturday, the venue for the first Test which starts on August 4. The team was supposed to have its last net session in Durham on Friday but it had to be cancelled because of bad weather. Meanwhile, the Indian white-ball team had returned home from Sri Lanka.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)

At around 4 pm on Friday, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side, barring five players, landed in Bangalore by a charter flight from Colombo. Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Krishnappa Gowtham, besides Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, have stayed back for various reasons. Having tested positive for Covid-19, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Krishnappa Gowtham will have to spend a few more nights in Colombo before they can return home.

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
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Krunal Pandya’s 8 Close Contacts Dined With Him Before He Tested Positive: Reports

Krunal Pandya’s 8 close contacts had dined with him before the all-rounder tested positive for COVID-19, a report suggested. The number of positive cases in the Indian camps has gone up to 3.

The India limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka was hit with COVID-19 earlier this week as all-rounder Krunal Pandya tested positive for the infection. The 30-year-old was part of the playing XI in the opening T20I on Sunday (July 25) and looked set to play the 2nd T20I on Tuesday (July 27). He complained of sore throat and tested positive for the infection on the match day.

Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Photo: BCCI

Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Photo: BCCI

Krunal Pandya’s 8 Close Contacts Had Dined With Him Before His Test Returned Positive: Report

As a result of his COVID-19 positive test, his 8 close contacts were also isolated. Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya’s brother, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Krishnappa Gowtham, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, and Manish Pandey came in Krunal’s contact and were ruled out of the remainder of the fixtures.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)

While the source of Krunal Pandya’s COVID-19 infection is yet to come out, a report has suggested that his 8 contacts had dined with the all-rounder before his test returned positive. The report adds they were told that they would be available for selection but the BCCI decided against it. The decision seemingly prevented the spread of COVID-19 across both camps as Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnappa Gowtham tested positive for the infection on July 30.

Yuzvendra Chahal And Krishnappa Gowtham Too Tested Positive

Like Krunal Pandya, they will also stay in Sri Lanka till they serve the isolation period and recover from COVID-19. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side struggled in the absence of its first-choice players and lost the 2nd and 3rd T20Is, which saw Sri Lanka registered their first-ever T20 series victory over the Men in Blue.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter

Barring three COVID-19 positive players, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, the other members of the Indian cricket team are on their way to the country. As per reports, the duo is still scheduled to fly to England. Though they will have to clear three COVID-19 tests before they board the flight to the UK, they might be available for selection from the 3rd Test, which kicks off on August 25.

The duo will need to complete a quarantine period of 10 days upon their arrival in England before they can join their national teammates. The pair will be available for selection in the second Test match against the hosts, which will begin from 12 August but might not get a place in the final XI unless there are injury woes.

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
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Krunal Pandya Have To Stay Back In Sri Lanka Due To The Mandatory One-Week Isolation Period

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
Krunal Pandya-Instagram

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.

Brad Hogg and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Brad Hogg and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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Suryakumar Yadav Might Be The Player Of The Series At The T20I World Cup, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, the former Australian spinner has expressed his opinions on a player he thinks will be a star performer for India in the tournament.

With the forthcoming T20 World Cup starting from October 17 in the UAE and Oman on cards, everybody has their eyes tight on the high-profile event already. India, who finished as the semifinalist in the last edition in 2016 is highly anticipated to be the strong contender and the chatter about players making an impact in the marquee event just never ends.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg: Suryakumar Yadav Might Be The Player Of The Series At T20I World Cup

The Men in Blue under Virat Kohli would be determined to taste the victory of an ICC trophy and they would certainly leave no stone unturned for it.

The team combinations for the World Cup are in constant talks but one name that has designed its layout to make it certain in the side is that of Suryakumar Yadav.

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)

Brad Hogg feels that Suryakumar Yadav is the one to watch out for in the tournament and predicted that he arguably can be the one who would bag the player of the series in the tournament.

“I just think he is going to be the difference in this particular tournament. If he stands out and puts the bowlers off with that array of shots, I think he is going to set the tournament up for India. For me, I think Suryakumar Yadav is the man for India and I think he’s the man to watch at the T20 World Cup. I think he might be Player of the Series at the T20 World Cup. That’s a big call so far out.”Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

After a memorable T20I debut, versus England early this year, Suryakumar Yadav has once again proved his potential in the ongoing India tour of Sri Lanka. In the three ODIs, he returned with scores of unbeaten 31, 53, and 40 to be adjudged the Player-of-the-Series for his consistency.

The Mumbai batsman scored his second fifty in the shortest format of the game in 33 balls before losing his wicket to Dushmantha Chameera in the 16th over in the 1st T20I which remained his only outing in T20Is in the Sri Lanka tour since he was ruled out from the next 2 matches for being a close contact of Krunal Pandya.

Brad Hogg Thinks Suryakumar Yadav Is Definitely Going To Be In The T20I World Cup For Having Expanded His Game

Suryakumar Yadav has gone on to impress everybody with his sheer flair. Ever since he made his debut for India against England he has consistently scored runs. With the plethora of shots he has under his sleeves, Brad Hogg feels that he has expanded his game and pinned his hopes on the batter to play at number 3 in the World Cup.

“I think Suryakumar Yadav is definitely going to be in the World Cup. Virat Kohli will be opening with Rohit Sharma and you’ll have Suryakumar Yadav coming in at No. 3. I just think he’s expanded his game… the range of shots that he’s got… he’s unorthodox as well so he can play different ramp shots on both leg and offside, but he can also attack you and use his feet,” Brad Hogg said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Having made his first-class debut in 2010, Suryakumar Yadav has played 77 matches in which he has scored 5326 runs at an average of 44.01. His figures include 14 hundred and 26 fifties. Suryakumar Yadav has played 3 ODIs where he amassed 124 runs averaging 62 and 4 T20Is where he amassed 139 runs averaging 46.33.

Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham, and Deepak Chahar are the eight players identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Although all eight have tested negative for the virus, they have still been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.

The development puts a question mark over whether the pair of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will be eligible to travel to England to join India’s Test squad.

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
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Krunal Pandya Tests Covid-19 Positive For Which 2nd T20I Stands Deferred By A Day

Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19 today for which the second T20 international match between Sri Lanka and India at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium tonight (27th July) at IST 8 pm has been halted. The match will be played on Wednesday 28th July.

According to sources, eight Indian players who were in proximity of Krunal Pandya, are being isolated. Two of them are Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav. If they also test positive for the virus then Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav may miss the tour of England. They were being flown in as reinforcements after Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar were ruled out due to injuries in England.

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya- Instagram

Krunal Pandya Tests Covid-19 Positive For Which India And Sri Lanka 2nd T20I Has Been Rescheduled

India is leading the three-match series after an emphatic 38-run win in the opening game on Sunday. Krunal Pandya took 1 for 16 in his two overs in the first game. Sri Lanka now must win on Wednesday to stay alive in the CoinDCX Cup, the first time a company dealing with cryptocurrency and bitcoins is sponsoring a major cricket series in the sub-continent.

Krunal Pandya has played a fine all-rounder's role in the limited overs series in Sri Lanka.
Krunal Pandya has played a fine all-rounder’s role in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. AP Photo

Both Indian and Sri Lankan teams are in a bio-bubble and players will be isolated as per standard protocols. Earlier, the ODI series between India and Sri Lanka was deferred due to Covid-19 cases in the home team’s camp. Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst G T Niroshan had tested positive for the virus upon their return from England tour.

The 2nd ODI Was Postponed To July 28 And The 3rd ODI Has Been Moved To July 30

The second T20I between Sri Lanka and India has been postponed to Wednesday, July 28 only hours before the commencement. It has been understood that the India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has been tested positive for COVID-19. The players have been in the bio-bubble ever since they reached Sri Lanka but there is no confirmation if there was any breach.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

India is currently leading the three-match T20I series by 1-0 having won the opening game comfortably by 1-0 by 38 runs. The visitors had posted a total of 164 runs after being invited to bat first. Suryakumar Yadav (50) and Shikhar Dhawan (46) were the stars with the bat for them.

Krunal Pandya has tested positive and the T20I on Tuesday has been postponed and will happen on Wednesday if all the others test negative. The players are currently isolating. Meanwhile, there will be a lot to ponder for India if all others don’t return negative results as two members from the current squad, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are due to travel to England after being named as replacements for the five-match Test series starting from August 4.

With the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the way picking up 4/22 as Sri Lanka were bundled out for just 126 runs in the 19th over itself to concede an early lead in the series. The third T20I has been moved to July 30.