What comes as a shocker for India is that Yuzvendra Chahal & K Gowtham both have tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday in Sri Lanka.
Chahal & Gowtham were a part of the eight players group who had been identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya who had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 27. The duo along with Krunal will have to stay back in Colombo for some days while the other four players Krunal’s brother Hardik, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, and Ishan Kishan will return home along with the rest of the Indian squad which is slated to fly back to India on Friday afternoon.
Prithvi Shaw & Suryakumar Yadav who were among the eight identified closed contacts of Krunal will stay back in Colombo & will fly for England to join the Indian test team in the UK. Yuzvendra Chahal & K Gowtham had tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. However, the duo has tested negative with the other six players on Thursday before India’s final T20I against Sri Lanka.
Earlier after testing positive for COVID-19, Krunal was immediately separated from the rest of the players & was kept in an isolation facility while the remaining eight close contacts of Krunal were staying at the team hotel but were separated from the rest of the Indian team.
According to reports, Krunal will spend one more week in isolation & will fly back to India once he cleared the mandatory tests. Similarly, Chahal & Gowtham will have to spend one week in isolation & can fly back to India once they returned negative for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, India lost the third & the final T20I against Sri Lanka on Thursday at R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. By winning the third T20I the hosts have successfully won the three-match T20I series against India. Sri Lanka needed just 82 runs to win against the injury-hit Indian team in the third T20I & the hosts chased down the target comfortably within 15 overs.