KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, Team India’s vice-captain and opener, arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday, only days before the 2nd ODI against the West Indies. On the other hand, Navdeep Saini, who had been isolated after contracting Covid-19, has rejoined the team.
As India began preparations for the 2nd ODI, which will be played on Wednesday, Rahul, Mayank and Saini were seen practicing at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their Twitter handle posted a picture of the trio busy in their practice session. “Look who are here! The trio has joined the squad and sweated it out in the practice session today,” read the Twitter post.
KL Rahul, in particular, was unable to play in the first ODI due to personal issues. Mayank was not in the squad for the first ODI because he was still in quarantine after being introduced to the squad last week following the Covid-19 cases in the Indian camp.
Notably, on their arrival in Ahmedabad, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Shreyas Iyer, as well as four members of the support staff and backup player Saini, tested positive for Covid-19. All eight members of the team were placed in isolation and were observed by the BCCI medical team, according to the BCCI.
After receiving negative RT-PCR testing last week, the rest of the team trained and played in the first ODI under the leadership of skipper Rohit Sharma. Furthermore, Ishan Kishan and Shahrukh Khan have both been added to the BCCI team for the first ODI against the West Indies on Sunday.
Ishan teamed up with skipper Rohit Sharma in the opening position as India chased down a 177-run goal in their 1000th One-Day International. Rohit Sharma, who recovered from a hamstring injury that held him out of the South Africa tour, led from the front with a 51-ball 60, Following Rohit’s departure and India’s middle-order wobble, Suryakumar Yadav and debutant Deepak Hooda made key contributions to bag a 6-wicket victory in the first match of 3-match ODI series against West Indies.
Earlier on Sunday, despite Jason Holder’s fifty, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar combined for 7 wickets as West Indies were bowled out for 176.
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