Wriddhiman Saha, the Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper, reckons he could have contracted the Covid-19 virus when he mingled with people from the Chennai Super Kings contingent during a practice session.
SRH and CSK clashed on April 28th in Delhi; on May 3rd, Monday, two persons from the CSK camp, bowling coach L Balaji and a member of their service staff, were confirmed to have contracted the virus, after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from the Kolkata Knight Riders were the initial players to return positive tests.
Wriddhiman Saha returned a positive test on Tuesday, May 4th, the day the IPL 2021 was suspended by the BCCI. The wicket-keeper feels that his interaction with the CSK members is the possible source of the virus entering his body.
“We used the airport, landed in Delhi and even played the CSK game there. So if I had contracted the virus at the airport, the symptoms could’ve shown up before or during the CSK game itself.
“The day before I returned positive, 2 to 4 CSK members showed symptoms. And two days before that, we had played versus Chennai and I was present at the ground. I had interacted with a few CSK guys during practice, so I feel that could have been the source,” Wriddhiman Saha told Sportskeeda.
There must have been some small opening somewhere: Wriddhiman Saha
The 36-year-old opines that although no player deliberately breached the bubble, there were people outside the bubble who were involved near them. Wriddhiman Saha believes the bubble in the UAE last year was much tighter than the one this season in India.
“When we played in the UAE last year, there used to be no one around us even during practice sessions. But here, we are sharing the space with groundsmen, people outside the ground are also peeping through the gates or over the wall.
“Nobody breached the bubble, so there must have been some small opening somewhere either through the driver, the Chennai team or somebody at the ground,” the Bengal keeper stated.
Wriddhiman Saha has now returned negative tests for the virus and is selected to fly to the UK for the Test assignments – the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand followed by the 5-Test series against England. However, he will remain the backup for the in-form Rishabh Pant.