IND Vs ENG: Indian cricket team’s head coach, Ravi Shastri has been tested positive for Covid-19 as per his RT-PCR report. The news was confirmed by PTI’s BCCI sources. Shastri has not travelled with the team to the Oval Stadium for the last two days of the Test match. He will stay in isolation for 10 days.
A press release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the four members of Team India’s support staff – which also includes Shastri – have undergone RT-PCR. They will remain in the team hotel, BCCI said in the statement. The rest of the members of team India were tested twice before entering the field on Day 4 of the Test match.
Bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding Coach R. Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel have been isolated too, along with Shastri.
Shastri Was Vaccinated
Coach Ravi Shastri had taken the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine on 2 March 2021. He had posted about getting vaccinated on Twitter. Shastri took the vaccine at Apollo Hospital, Ahmedabad right before the start of the 4th India vs England Test match.
Got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to the amazing medical professionals & scientists for empowering India 🇮🇳 against the pandemic.
Extremely impressed with the professionalism shown by Kantaben & her team at Apollo, Ahmedabad in dealing with COVID-19 vaccination pic.twitter.com/EI29kMdoDF
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) March 2, 2021
It is not clear if Shastri was done with his second vaccination against Covid-19, but he had expressed his dissatisfaction with the quarantine rules stating “2 jabs of the vaccine has to be trusted” in a Twitter post.
My right hand back in the house. Looking fitter and stronger after being in isolation for 10 days even though testing negative all the way. Bloody frustrating these isolation rules. 2 jabs of the vaccine has to be trusted #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/4Gukf0F9Pg
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) July 24, 2021
Ravi Shastri’s tenure is set to end after the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup.