India all-rounder Krunal Pandya on Thursday morning landed in Mumbai from Sri Lanka, where he had tested positive for the covid-19 on July 27 and was placed in isolation since. On subsequent negative tests and after completing his mandatory quarantine, the left-hander was allowed to return back home.
However, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and off-spinning all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham are still in Sri Lanka as both also tested positive for the virus on July 30. Both of them were already among the 8 players who were reported to be in close contact with Krunal Pandya and all were shifted to quarantine.
Renowned photographer Viral Bhayani snapped Krunal Pandya at the Mumbai Airport.
Apart from these three cricketers, Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan were deemed close contacts of Krunal Pandya and forced into quarantine. These cricketers tested negative and left Sri Lanka before the three positive tested players.
The loss of all the 9 players had an unfavourable effect on the team as India, which was already a second-string outfit, was reduced to just five batsmen – captain Shikhar Dhawan and four inexperienced ones – for the last two T20I, which they lost.
Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav reached England on Tuesday
Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav reached London on Tuesday to join the Indian Test team. Both the batsmen were added to the Test squad after Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar, and pacer Avesh Khan were ruled out of the series.
Before the first Test had started, vice-captain and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane was also struggling with a hamstring. Hence, Shaw and Yadav were added to the Test squad.
Mayank Agarwal was then ruled out of the first Test at Trent Bridge owing to a concussion he sustained while batting in a net session; he was hit on the head by a Mohammed Siraj bouncer.
The duo was taken to Nottingham and got straightway placed in for a hard quarantine; they will be available from the third Test onwards.