IND vs ENG: Rishabh Pant thanks Ravi Shastri for “Grand Welcome”.

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IND vs ENG: What comes as a boost for the Indian team in England is the news of Rishabh Pant recovering from COVID-19. After joining team India in their bio-secure bubble Rishabh Pant on Thursday took to social media to thank India’s head coach Ravi Shastri for giving him a “grand welcome”.

Team India is set to face England in a five-match test series & currently, they are playing a warm-up match against County Select XI in Durham. Rishabh Pant had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 8 & had been kept in isolation away from the rest of the squad. After recovering from COVID-19 Rishabh Pant joined team India on Thursday.

Posting few photos on Twitter Pant said, “Thrilled to be back. Thank you @RaviShastriOfc for this grand welcome”. Pant has tested positive for COVID-19 & thus he couldn’t play in the ongoing warm-up match. After returning two with two negative RT-PCR test reports, Pant was allowed to join the team on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday informing about Rishabh’s recovery, the BCCI shared a post on Twitter & wrote, “Hello @RishabhPant17, great to have you back”. Rishabh Pant’s return to the squad is a benefit for team India as they now have a specialist wicket-keeper available with them.

The BCCI medical team had also identified that Bharat Arun, Wriddhiman Saha & Abhimanyu Easwaran as close contacts of Dayanand Garani who had tested positive for COVID-19 following RT-PCR tests on July 14.

The four members of the Indian contingent are currently undergoing 10 days of isolation & will remain in their rooms in the team’s hotel in London. According to the reports, the quarantine period of Bharat Arun, Wriddhiman Saha & Abhimanyu Easwaran will end by 24th July & they can rejoin the team after clearing their RT-PCR tests.

Meanwhile adding to the injury list, Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the five-match test series against England due to a fracture in his finger. Injured players Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar & Shubman Gill will not feature in the test series & will return home for rehabilitation. Shubman Gill has already reached India on Thursday & will now undergo rehabilitation. The absence of Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar & Shubman Gill could prove costly for the Indian team.

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