Things seem to be under a dark cloud before the second T20 between India and Sri Lanka. After Krunal Pandya tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday, 8 other players from India are under isolation now and won’t be available for the second and third T20 matches of the series.
These players in the isolation bubble now include Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan, opener Devdutt Padikkal and off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.
With both Pandya brothers being unavailable along with the Gowtham, India is left with fewer choices of an all-rounder to go on the field. And with openers like Shaw and Padikkal being unavailable, there are high chances of Rituraj Gaikwad making his debut for India in the T20s.
Both teams have announced that there will be a match today but with such a scarcity of players, India would surely not be going with the preferred choice of players to steal the series in the second T20 against Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Shaw and Yadav were named as replacements on Monday to fly from Colombo to England for the upcoming match test series against the hosts.
But the good news is despite being in close contact with Krunal Pandya, all 8 others have tested negative in their 1st RT PCR report. And also senior Pandya has come negative in his second test report.
But as per protocols they all have been ruled out of the series for the remaining two matches. The question here is whether India would be able to put an 11 on the field today.
Further afield, in August, Virat Kohli and company are going to face mighty England in a five-match Test series. This is India’s first Test series after its defeat to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final. With Covid protocols in place, the Kohli-led Team India has been in England since then. It is due to this reason that a “second-string” team has been sent to Sri Lanka for the ongoing series led by Shikhar Dhawan and coach Rahul Dravid. The England series will be followed by the second half of the Indian Premier League later in September, which can prep India for the upcoming T20 World Cup in October.