The young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has finally rejoined teh Indian players in the bio-bubble after recovering from COVID-19 ahead of the much-awaited 5-match Test series against England. Pant, who had tested positive for the virus earlier this month, has completed 10 days of the isolation period, followed by a couple of negative RT-PCR reports and proper cardio check-ups which are mandatory before joining the team.
On Thursday, BCCI tweet the picture of Rishabh Pant rejoining the team in the bio-bubble and captioned it as, “Hello @RishabhPant17, great to have you back”.
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Earlier this month, Rishabh Pant had tested positive while he was staying at Southall at an acquaintance’s place. He had developed mild symptoms and was found to be COVID-19 positive when he got tested. According to sources, Pant might have picked up the Delta 3 variant while visiting a dentist for a toothache problem, contrary to earlier reports that his presence at the Euro Championships could have led to him catching the infection.
After Pant tested positive, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had sent a cautionary letter to the Indian contingent, asking the Indian cricketers to avoid crowded gatherings like Wimbledon and Euro matches. The Indian team is currently playing a warm-up match against a County XI side in Durham, before the first Test of the five-match series begins on August 4 at Nottingham.
Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha weren’t available for the warm-up game in Durham. In the absence of both wicketkeepers, KL Rahul is likely to keep the wickets during this game.
The players and their family members have already received their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in England and have also been undergoing lateral flow tests on a regular basis to keep the virus at bay. The players had assembled in Durham last week for their first warm-up game which is a three-day affair.