Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur has revealed that the team was fearful after Yogesh Parmar returned a positive result in his RT-PCR test. He was their only physiotherapist available and he treated everyone in the squad. This left the team quite concerned about their families, as per Thakur.
The fifth Test in Manchester between England and India was canceled due to a covid outbreak. Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, R Sridhar, and Parmar tested positive for the virus. The Indian contingent was in close contact with the latter, which led to them fearing the worst.
“I heard someone whispering about it and the general feeling was what will happen next. As the match was on, everyone was focused on the game. It was the first time we were without our main support staff.”
“They used to call us at the end of the day. I spoke to Bharat Arun Sir, he spoke about what kind of line and length I can bowl. If they had any points they used to tell us after the game,” Thakur explained.
“The next four-five days were vulnerable for us” – Shardul Thakur on Yogesh Parmar testing positive
Former England captain Nasser Hussain elaborated how a physiotherapist cannot do his job without being in close touch with the players. Building on that, Shardul Thakur revealed that Yogesh Parmar had treated everyone in the group and so, the players’ families were also under threat of catching the virus.
“We were worried about what will happen, who will be infected since Parmar had treated everyone. We didn’t know how things would go ahead because tracking this infection is next to impossible.”
“The next four-five days were vulnerable for us because there was fear that it could happen to me or it could happen to anyone. Everyone was worried about their and their family’s health,” he added.
The players eventually returned negative tests which was the best result possible. They have been flown out to the UAE for the resumption of the IPL 2021.