With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world at present more than before, a plethora of cricketers have become its victim in recent times. India Women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur has become the latest entrant in that list, having tested on Monday after developing a mild fever. Harmanpreet Kaur last played for India in the fifth ODI against South Africa recently.
Former India men’s cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, and Subramaniam Badrinath tested positive for COVID-19 recently after playing in the Road Safety World Series in Raipur. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur did not play in the T20 series against South Africa at home after injuring herself in the fifth ODI on the 17th of March.
In Kaur’s absence, Smriti Mandhana captained the team in the shortest format. India women’s T20 skipper was in decent form during the ODI series against South Africa, managing scores of 40, 36, 54, and 30 in the four innings she batted in. But having returned to international cricket after a lengthy period, they lost both the Test and ODI series to the Proteas convincingly.
Harmanpreet Kaur must have caught the virus after the South Africa series only:
A source close to Kaur underlined that having had a mild fever for four days, it was best to get tested. The 32-year old is self-isolating at home and should recover soon. Furthermore, it is understood that Harmanpreet could have likely contracted the disease after the South Africa series since she regularly underwent testing during that.
“She is self-isolating at home. She got tested yesterday and the report came positive today morning. She had mild fever since four days so thought it was best to get tested. She is doing fine otherwise and should recover soon. She was getting tested regularly during the South Africa series so she must have caught the virus after that only,” the source said as quoted by Hindustan Times.