India Tour of England: A day before the players were supposed to gather in the team bio-bubble, it has emerged that Rishabh Pant has tested positive for Coronavirus and is now under isolation.
The 20-day break that was approved by BCCI ends on Thursday as the players were supposed to reassemble in Durham before their 3-day warm-up game against a County Championship XI team.
Pant is asymptomatic and will not join the rest of the squad until he returns a negative test.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when the BCCI had conferred a 20-day break to the Indian cricketers after a bitter loss in the World Test Championship final. However, the board was unfazed by them.
Good experience watching ⚽️. 🏴 vs 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/LvOYex5svE
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) June 30, 2021
India Tour of England: Indian players roamed around the UK
The Indian players roamed around the United Kingdom with their friends and families while some explored the countryside, others attended live sporting events.
Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari, and head coach Ravi Shastri were among those who were seen attending either a Euro 2020 match or a Wimbledon game.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 11, 2021
India Tour of England: Fans React to Rishabh Pant testing positive for Covid-19
An Indian player tests positive. Inevitable. Unless there is a strict protocol during the tests for both teams, there will be more cases.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 15, 2021
The Indian player rishabh pant who’s tested positive . Has been isolated and won’t travel with the team to Durham. I believe the BCCI had written to the players to avoid crowded places like Euros and Wimbledon. #pant to #BCCI #TeamIndia #icc #INDvsEng #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/wTaJrmbcob
— Taseefa (@Taseefa3) July 15, 2021
Nowadays there is no discipline in team India.
Sack ravi shashthi, bring kumble or dravid sir as a head coach.
These 2 kodi players go for photoshoot and making tiktok videos.
Worst phase of Indian cricket.@SGanguly99 @JayShah o chacha dekh lo idhar.
— Berlin🇮🇳 (@Berlinshelby321) July 15, 2021
Shocker to be honest. Do BCCI, Sourav Ganguly have no control on team mamnagement?! It is a crisis. Even one or two key players OUT means could cost a Test series. Could spread the virus among team. What was need to go Euro / Wimbledon which are crowded places??!!
— Indrajit.Ghose (@IndrajitGhose6) July 15, 2021