Colombo: A day after Shikhar Dhawan-led India lost the T20I series against Sri Lanka, a report suggests that Yuzvendra Chahal and K. Gowtham have tested positive for Coronavirus. The report on Cricinfo suggests that Krunal Pandya and six others – Krunal’s brother Hardik, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, and Ishan Kishan – who were in isolation would return to India later today.Also Read - IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir Criticises Ravichandran Ashwin, Feels DC Star Should Stick to Off-Spin
Chahal and Gowtham have already been isolated and fans would pray for their speedy recovery. Also Read - Virat Kohli Has Extended Net Session Ahead of RCB vs CSK; Coach Mike Hesson Says 'He's Desperate to do Well'
The report further confirms that Chahal and Gowtham tested positive on Friday. The surprising bit is that both the cricketers along with the six others had tested negative on Thursday before the third and final T20I. Also Read - IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma Ahead of MI vs KKR - 'It Will Not be a Cakewalk'
Earlier, Krunal tested positive in both the Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests on July 27. As per Sri Lankan rules for during the pandemic, if a person tests positive, the individual would have to be in isolation for the next 10 days before going in for fresh tests.
Meanwhile, Dhawan on Thursday indicated that there was an option of not playing the T20 International series after losing nine players to COVID-19 related isolation but they chose the difficult route of playing with only five specialist batsmen.
“It was a difficult situation for us but as a team, we decided we will stay and play the series,” Dhawan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Wanindu Hasaranga was adjudged the Player of the Match as well as the Player of the Series for his brilliant performance throughout the course of the three matches with the ball.
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