Ruturaj Gaikwad – who tested positive for coronavirus a couple of weeks back – will have to undergo two more tests before he can join the CSK at training. But apart from him, the 13 support staff members who had contracted the virus have been cleared and have joined the CSK ‘bio bubble’. Also Read - IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab Team Preview: With Anil Kumble-KL Rahul in Ranks, 'Perennial Underachievers' KXIP Eye Maiden Title in UAE
“Ruturaj will undergo two tests as per protocol, today and tomorrow. If he tests negative, he will be back in the team hotel bubble. The other staff members have tested negative and are back to normal. And they are back in the bubble,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said PTI. Also Read - IPL 2020: All The Major Team And Individual Records From Previous Seasons
Meanwhile, some reports suggest that Gaikwad is being looked at as Suresh Raina – who pulled out of the tournament citing ‘personal reasons’ – replacement. Pacer Deepak Chahar – who had also tested positive – has joined the side at the training and had posted a few workout visuals recently as well. Also Read - IPL 2020: After a Long Wait, The Glitzty Tournament Promises a Happy Distraction
Not just Raina, Harbhajan Singh too pulled out of the tournament due to the same reason.
CSK will be playing the tournament opener on September 19 against Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi.
Skipper MS Dhoni has assured owner N Srinivasan that there is nothing to worry about even if more players test positive.
Eyes would be on the 39-year old – who recently announced his international retirement – has not played cricket for over eighteen months, hence it would be interesting to see the form he hits early on in the tournament. CSK will hope their spinners – Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, and Imran Tahir find good rhythm as they could very well hold the key in spinning tracks in UAE.