"Unfortunate or Irresponsible"- After Rohit Sharma tests Covid positive, here's how Rishabh Pant is ignoring the COVID protocols
Then, a few days ago, some media outlets reported that former Indian captain Virat Kohli had come into contact with the virus after returning to the Maldives.
However, both of these above players are completely fit now and are available for selection for the fifth and final rescheduled test against England, starting on June 1. But just before that, India dealt with another big blow as skipper Rohit Sharma has now returned a COVID positive.
Rohit is now under six-day isolation and can only rejoin the team on the basis of his speedy recovery and RT-PCR test. Meanwhile, the Indian management will be looking for a player who can lead the team. Also, they will look for the ideal opener for the team.
Notably, the bio-bubble restrictions have been lifted for the players and the management staff, and they can interact with the fans and any person from outside. So now the big question is whether it is a necessary point. Becuase it may lead to more such cases where the players get COVID positive.
A few days ago, we saw some pictures of both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli meeting the fans and taking pictures. And now a Twitter user shared a video clip featuring the wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, who is interacting with the fans and taking pictures despite the announcement from the ground announcer during the warm-up match against Leicestershire.
There is no more bio-bubble for the players, and India hosted the T20I series against South Africa without bio-bubble. But it doesn't mean that players are allowed to do anything. Instead, they should follow the COVID restrictions and conditions to minimise such cases.
The Indian team is already struggling with such issues, and any more such unwanted incidents can make the situation more problematic. India will lock horns with England on June 1. The visitors are leading the series by 2-1 and will look to win the final match to win the series.
However, after looking at the current form of England, it looks like a big task for India. If England wins the match, they will level the series, and from there on, it will be difficult for India to make it to the World Test Championship final.