Ravi Shastri, Team India’s head coach is set to miss the fifth and final Test against England in Manchester as he will remain in isolation for 14 days and can come out only after returning two negative results. The Manchester Test is set to be played from September 10 to 14.
Sources in the know of developments confirmed that Ravi Shastri will remain in isolation for 14 days and needs two negative tests before he can come out of isolation.
Ravi Shastri Will Remain In Isolation For 14 Days And Will Have To Return Two Negative Tests
The 59-year-old Ravi Shastri returned positive in a lateral flow test (Rapid Antigen Test) on Sunday and on Monday his RT-PCR test report confirmed the infection. The fifth and final Test is scheduled to start on September 10.
“Unfortunately, Shastri will remain in isolation for 14 days and will have to return two negative tests before he can come out of isolation. He will not be a part of the Indian dressing room till then,” the source said.
Just half an hour before the start of play on Day 4, the BCCI said its medical team had isolated Ravi Shastri, head coach, Bharat Arun, bowling coach, R. Sridhar, fielding coach, and Nitin Patel, physiotherapist, as a precautionary measure after Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
Ravi Shastri Contracted Covid-19 Possibly After Attending Launch Of His Book In The Team Hotel
Ravi Shastri is likely to have got the symptoms after attending the launch of his book in the team hotel where outside guests were also allowed. Bharat Arun, Nitin Patel, and R Sridhar attended that function in person.
The remaining members of the Team India contingent underwent two Lateral Flow Tests — one on Saturday night and another on Sunday morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4 of the ongoing fourth Test at The Oval against England.
“Of course, we are missing Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and R Sridhar who have been an extremely important part of this setup, they have done well in the past five-six years and they have played a major role in the team doing well. This is what it is, they are not here.”
“In the morning, it was a bit of a distraction, we had a word and we decided we need to focus on the cricket. We are here for this series, and I think the boys did well to not get distracted. There was a potential we could have been distracted, the credit needs to go to the boys for the way they handled themselves,” said Rathour during a virtual press conference on Sunday.
“Ravi Shastri felt ill on Saturday night around 8 PM. He was having a little bit of discomfort yesterday, the medical team decided to go for a lateral flow test and it came out positive and that is when we all found that he is positive. The close contacts were identified and isolated so we will wait for the medical team to tell us when they can join back,” he added.
The batting coach Vikram Rathour also revealed that Ravi Shastri felt a bit of discomfort on Saturday after which the test was conducted. In the 4th Test, England is up against a herculean task– chasing down 368 against India at the Oval to go 2-1 up in the series.
A century from Rohit Sharma and fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, and Rishabh Pant in India’s second innings saw India post a strong total of 466, which means that England needs to pull off a record highest run chase at the venue.
In reply, Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns provided the hosts a solid start. At stumps, England’s score read 77/0, still needing 291 runs for the win with all ten wickets in hand. For the hosts, Rory Burns (31*) and Haseeb Hameed (43*) are at the crease.