India’s preparations for the rescheduled Test against England in Birmingham from July 1-5 have been hampered by the existence of Covid in several of its players.
While senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has refused to travel to the UK with his squad after testing positive for the virus, TOI has learned that former Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also infected with Covid-19 after the team went into lockdown last week. London arrived.
Virat Kohli completed the 2021 England vs India Test series as the fifth highest run scorer. While the Indian captain suffered at bats in the first two Tests, he had some strong innings in the third and fourth. The 32-year-old athlete scored 218 runs with an average of 31.14 in 7 innings. In the series, the righthanded batter also hit two half centuries.
From July 1-5, the Indian team will play against England in a Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The match has been rescheduled. The 5th Test of India’s 2021 tour of England was postponed last year after several members of the Indian team’s support staff mentioned COVID-19. India currently leads the series 2-1.
Virat Kohli Was Affected By Covid After Returning From Vacation:
“Yes, Virat Kohli was also hit by Covid after he came back from his vacation in the Maldives,” a source told this newspaper. On Monday, a few ecstatic supporters in Leicester posted selfies with Kohli.
“This means India’s tour match against Leicestershire on June 24 will not be as concentrated as coach Rahul Dravid had hoped, as medical advice is to avoid straining the players after they contract Covid-19.” “There could be more Covid cases in the team”, the source revealed.
In the test match, India is led by Rohit Sharma. The squad includes key players such as Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari and Jasprit Bumrah, among others. A T20I and ODI series follow the test match.
Three matches are played in the T20I series. The first T20I will take place on July 7. The second and third T20Is are scheduled for June 9 and 10, respectively. The ODI series between India and England will consist of three matches. The three one-day internationals will be played on 12, 14 and 17 July respectively.
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