In what was inevitable, COVID-19 has hit the Indian camp in England. After it was revealed that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is COVID-positive, support staff Dayananda Garani has also returned a positive test. The other wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has also been forced into isolation after being identified as as a close contact. As for Pant, he will have to get a negative test on Sunday to quit the quarantine and join the team. Bowling coach Bharat Arun is also isolating after he too was found to be a close contact.
With less than two weeks to go for the World Test Championship Final, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the summit clash between the top two ranked sides. Senior players like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, who only play test match cricket, have compared the WTC Final to be an equivalent of a World Cup Final. No doubt players from both the sides will look to give their 100 percent when they take the field. For now, we’ll have a look at a few of the match ups that we can expect from the match -
Former Indian batsman and Delhi Capitals' assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has said that captaincy will take young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant's game to the next level. Pant was appointed captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to injury. Iyer hurt his shoulder while fielding in the first ODI against England last month. A few days back, the DC management revealed that Pant will lead the side in IPL 2021.
Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin has claimed that attacking wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could become a front-runner to captain the Indian team in the future. On Tuesday, Pant was confirmed as the captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 season, with regular skipper Shreyas Iyer being ruled to due to injury. Iyer hurt his shoulder while trying to stop a ball in the first ODI against England.
India opener Rohit Sharma is confident that Rishabh Pant can do well in the T20I series against England as well if he allowed to play with freedom and not pressurised unnecessarily. Pant is making a comeback to the T20I squad on the basis of his brilliant performances in the longer format over the last two Tests. He scored 97 and 89 not out in Australia. Against England at home, he was the third highest run-getter. His century in the final Test in Ahmedabad proved to be a match-turning one.
Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has praised wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his hugely improved showing in the last couple of months. Pant scored a match-winning hundred in the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad. Earlier, he scored an unbeaten 89 as India stunned Australia at the latter’s fortress, the Gabba. Pant, in fact, finished as the third leading run-getter in the India-England Test series, with 270 runs at an average of 54.
Team India opener Rohit Sharma has stated that Rishabh Pant can continue to bat the way he wants as long as he is doing the job for the team. He also requested critics to cut Pant some slack for his failures. The left-hander smashed 101 from 118 balls as India ended Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test at 294 for 7, with a lead of 89.
Stunned after being upset by an inexperienced but resolute outfit at the Gabba, Australia head coach Justin Langer lauded the Indians for their spirited performance. He also stated that Australia learned a harsh lesson from the stinging defeat - never underestimate the tough players from India. The Indians lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 despite losing most of their senior players to injury, and after being rolled over for an embarrassing 36 in the first Test at Adelaide.
Five Indian cricketers, who were seen in a video on Friday, dining in an indoor restaurant in Melbourne, have been placed in isolation as a preventive measure. The five players seen in the video are Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini.