Ahead of the third Test against Australia, the veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin termed the journey from Melbourne to Sydney as ”turbulent and scary”. Taking to Twitter he wrote, “Yours Turbulently Melbourne to Sydney!” His remarks come after all the Indian cricketers, including the isolated five, and support staff has tested negative for coronavirus after undergoing an RT-PCR test on Sunday.
In the midst of unwanted media scrutiny after five Indian cricketers — Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, and Navdeep Saini — had gone to a restaurant in Melbourne, they have all shown that all necessary protocols were followed.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) January 4, 2021
In a press release regarding the same, BCCI said, “Playing members of the Indian Cricket Team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR Test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have returned negative results”.
Even as the Australian media keeps talking about an investigation of an alleged breach in the bio-bubble protocol by the five Indian players, the Indian team has shut the outside world as it focuses on the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting from January 7.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments in the team said that reports in the media is not a concern for the players and they are leaving no stone unturned to prepare for the third Test as the series is level at 1-1.
Explaining the same, the source added, “The boys have shut the outside world and they are not even looking at who is saying what. We are backing our belief that no protocol was broken and that is that. We are now looking at the third Test and the focus is on the next game at the SCG. We want to make it 2-1 by the time we leave the SCG at the end of the Test match.”