Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has recovered from the coronavirus after testing negative twice on consecutive days. The youngster, who is yet to make his IPL debut, ha returned to training. Also Read - IPL 2020, KKR vs RCB in Abu Dhabi: Predicted Playing XIs, Pitch Report, Toss Timing, Squads, Weather Forecast For Match 39
CSK posted a photo a batting practice session, welcoming back the talented Maharashtra batsman who has reportedly impressed captain MS Dhoni during a camp in Chennai before the squad flew to the UAE for IPL 2020. Also Read - KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Wednesday, October 21
Gaikwad, alongside Deepak Chahar was among 13 members of CSK staff who tested positive for the coroanvirus following they were placed in quarantine. Also Read - IPL 2020 Playoffs Qualification Scenario: How Can CSK, RR, KXIP, SRH Still Finish Top Four
While Chahar recovered quickly and in time to play the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians on Saturday, Gaikwad tested positive again requiring extended isolation.
“The first thing you wanna see on a Monday morning. Look who’s back! Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes #Ruturaj #WhistlePodu #Yellove,” CSK posted on their official Twitter handle alongside the image of Gaikwad.
Two of CSK senior cricketers Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have withdrawn from the tournament citing personal reasons. Gaikwad was touted as Raina’s replacement but due to the positive test, had to miss the MI fixture.
As per IPL’s medical protocols, players are kept in separate quarantine facility for two weeks if they test positive in the bubble and have to return two negative tests on consecutive days.
After that, the player has to undergo medical tests, including cardiovascular and lung function test, to ensure he is fit to train.
CSK began their season on a winning note beating defending champions MI by five wickets.
They next face Rajasthan Royals on Monday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
The three-time IPL winners are currently at the top of the points table.