Ruturaj Gaikwad has recovered from COVID-19 and is out of isolation.© Instagram
Indian batter Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had tested positive for COVID-19, has recovered and is out of isolation. However, with skipper Rohit Sharma already making it clear that senior opener Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings in the third ODI against the West Indies here on Friday, the Maharashtra player is unlikely to qualify for the unimportant game. Ruturaj warmed up to the bench in the home T20 series against New Zealand and also didn’t get the chance to play against South Africa in the ODI away series. He was found to be COVID positive just four days before the start of the West Indies series, practically banning him from the rubber.
Ruturaj has not been included in the T20 roster and will now most likely represent his home state in the upcoming Ranji Trophy.
On February 2, an outbreak of COVID-19 had hit the Indian cricket team when three players – Dhawan, reserve opener Gaikwad and middle-class batter Shreyas Iyer – tested positive for the virus during their mandatory isolation period before the start of the West Indies series.
Four other individuals, including just bowler Navdeep Saini, had also tested positive for COVID-19. Saini was on the reserve list.
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