India and SunRisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha, was scheduled to play his teams’ fixture against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday before he tested for the Wuhan Virus, SunRisers Hyderabad’s mentor, VVS Laxman has revealed in his latest column.
Saha and then Delhi Capitals’ leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s Covid results provide to be the final nail in the coffin as the BCCI suspended the 14th season of the IPL with immediate effect.
And, according to VVS Laxman, the franchise is still wondering as to how Wriddhiman Shah contracted the virus.
“I wish Wriddhiman Saha a full and speedy recovery. Wriddhi was slated to play Sunday’s match against Rajasthan Royals, but felt a little under the weather on Saturday night. We immediately placed him in isolation and, despite our prayers, he returned a positive test,” wrote VVS Laxman in his column for Times of India
“We are still wondering how, despite taking all precautions, Wriddhi got infected.” he added.
The IPL was going along seamlessly for the better part of the first three weeks before it all unraveled pretty quickly with as many four different franchises reporting Covid positive cases.
And, for VVS Laxman, one of the biggest learnings from the experience is that Covid can breach even the carefully structured bubbles and that one can’t afford to let his/her guard down even for a millisecond.
“That even carefully structured bubbles can be breached is another lesson in our battle against the coronavirus — to never let our guard down, even for a millisecond,” Laxman wrote in TOI.
Laxman further added that there was apprehension in the SunRisers camp after they learned that Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings camp have been plagued with the virus.
“We had full confidence in the protocols that had been put in place even when we moved from one city to another, but once we learnt of the positive tests in the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) camp, our apprehensions mounted,” VVS Laxman added.
”We [SRH] had just finished a match against CSK and several of us caught up with old friends, so there was understandable anxiety and unrest until the test results were out.” he pointed out.