ENG vs IND: Rishabh Pant poses for a photo with Ravi Shastri.© Twitter
After joining Team India in their bio-secure bubble, goalkeeper-beater Rishabh Pant took to social media to thank head coach Ravi Shastri for giving him a “big welcome”. India are set to face England in a five-game test series, and they are currently playing a warm-up match against County XI in Durham. Pant had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and had been isolated from the rest of the team. He joined the team on Thursday. Posting a few photos on Twitter, Pant said, “” Glad to be back. Thank you @RaviShastriOfc for this great welcome “.
– Rishabh pants (@ RishabhPant17) July 22, 2021
After testing positive for COVID-19, Pant was unable to appear in the warm-up match. He had to return two negative RT-PCR test reports before joining the team.
The next five-game series will be played after India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June.
The arrival of Pant is good news for India as it now has a dedicated counter guard.
Reserve wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha had isolated himself after being seen as close contact with Dayanand Garani, India’s training assistant who also tested positive for the virus.
Earlier today, BCCI took to Twitter to welcome Pant to the team. The Indian Cricket Council wrote: “Hello @ RishabhPant17, nice to see you again”.
– BCCI (@BCCI) July 21, 2021
Meanwhile, the limited Indian team is currently touring Sri Lanka.
After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series, India will now face Sri Lanka in a third rubber ODI death on Friday.
The ODI series will be followed by a three-game T20I series. India is ruled by Shikhar Dhawan and coached by Rahul Dravid.
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