Rishabh Pant reportedly testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of England Tests

Published:16 July 2021

ICC is confident

With Rishabh Pant testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, India's cricket squad dealt a severe setback ahead of the Test series against England. The swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman has played a crucial role in India's recent red-ball cricket triumphs. As a result, the team's management would like him to play in the vital series against the Three Lions. His participation, though, is now in peril.

For the uninitiated, after the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) allowed players to leave the bio-secure bubble for a short time. Pant has also photographed with a companion at Wembley Stadium a few weeks ago, enjoying the Euro 2020 match between England and Germany. In several viral photos, he wasn't wearing any masks, and fans chastised him for it.

For the uninitiated, a Team India player has previously tested positive for coronavirus. According to recent events, the player is none other than Pant.

According to the paper, Pant is also most likely afflicted by the Delta variety, which has increased in Covid-19 cases in England. The virus has been infecting the 23-year-old for over a week, and he has been recuperating nicely.

Pant should be available for the first game in Nottingham on August 4, with the England vs India series starting on August 4. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is expected to resume preparing for the series soon. India has been dominating red-ball cricket recently and would like to do the same to the Three Lions.