New Delhi. The Indian team suffered a major blow in the fourth Test of the series against England. Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and R Sridhar were found to be corona positive. All three received RTPCR test reports on Monday and all three tested positive. In such a situation, they have become isolated.
The fourth Test of the five-match series between India and England is being played at Kennington Oval in London. News came that Shastri’s corona was positive before the start of the fourth day of the match. Now he has to stay in isolation for 10 days. It is believed that India was in close contact with Arun and Sridhar Shastri and they too must now be isolated in London.
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On the evening of September 4, Shastri was tested for Covid-1 for, which was reported to be positive. After that he became isolated. In addition to him, 4 other support staff members were also isolated. All the players were tested twice before entering the field for the fourth day’s play, they were allowed to play only after the report came negative.
According to media reports, Ravi Shastri has mild symptoms like sore throat and is currently isolated. It is believed that 59-year-old Shastri Tim was present at the hotel during the publication of his book during which he came in contact with the virus. Outside guests were allowed for the ceremony. Besides, Bharat Arun, Nitin Patel and Sridhar were personally present on the occasion.
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At the virtual press conference, batting coach Vikram Rathore said, “Of course, we will miss Ravi Bhai a lot. Ravi Bhai, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are a very important part of this team, they have done well in the last five-six years. The team is doing well. When the report came in the morning, there was a little trouble. We have decided that we need to focus on cricket. We’re here to play in this series, and I think the players did well without being upset. The credit for the way he handled himself goes to everyone. They will be tested again after each and they will be allowed to come out of the isolation as soon as the report is negative.
Robbie Shastri will no longer be with the team for the 5th and final Test of the series in Manchester. Not only that, he will take the test twice after his separation is over before returning to the country and he will be able to return to India only after the report comes negative. Meanwhile, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach Sridhar will no longer be part of the th Test.
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After Shastri Corona tested positive, his isolation time may now be extended, as the BCCI medical team is monitoring him. Before the final Test of the series, it was seen as a push for India’s preparation, as only batting coach Vikram Rathore was left with the team as support staff in the dressing room, who could go to Manchester with the team.
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