A visit to a dentist has been identified as a potential source of Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant getting contracted with the deadly Covid-19.
Team India’s three-week break post the WTC final ended on an unfortunate note with Pant and later, throwdown specialist testing positive for Covid.
While the throwdown specialist Garani tested positive on Thursday, Rishabh Pant had returned the same result on July 8 during his stay at a relative’s place.
Pant and the entire Indian contingent along with their families and caretakers were administered the second dose of vaccine in London on July 07.
A day later, Pant tested positive for the deadly contagion and was immediately isolated.
It has now emerged that the 23-year-old Delhi stumper had paid a visit to a dentist on July 04 or 5 and he may have contracted the virus there.
A report published in TOI has quoted a source which said –
“Pant had gone to a dentist on July 5 and 6, and could have picked the virus from the clinic. On July 7, he had been vaccinated,” a source told TOI.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, the BCCI released an official statement where secretary Jay Shah said-
“Pant, who had not stayed in the team hotel during the break period, tested positive on July 8. He is asymptomatic and currently undergoing self-isolation at the place where he reported positive. He is being closely monitored by the BCCI medical team and is on his way to recovery. He will be able to join the squad in Durham after returning two negative RT-PCR tests.”
Pant’s visit to Wembley on June 29 to watch the England-Germany Euro game has also come under the scanner.
Nevertheless, Rishabh Pant as well as Wriddhiman Saha, who is one of the three members who had come in close contact with the throwdown specialist, have been ruled out of the first warm-up game against a County Select XI in Durham, starting July 20.
KL Rahul is likely to don the wicket-keeping gloves in the absence of both the specialist stumpers.