Chennai Super Kings just cannot catch a break from the COVID-19 virus, as Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was one of the 13 members of the CSK squad to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier last month, has tested positive for the virus again, days before CSK’s first 2020 IPL match.
While Deepak Chahar, the other player in the squad to have been infected, has returned to training with the squad, Gaikwad, who has been under quarantine for the last couple of weeks, will now have to remain in isolation for another few days and will most likely be missing out on contention for the first few games for CSK.
Before the test took place, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had said, “The recovery period cannot be the same for everybody. Ruturaj has to test negative on successive days. And he has to pass the cardiovascular tests conducted by the BCCI. I have been speaking to Ruturaj over the phone everyday. He is all right and is asymptomatic.”
With Gaikwad out of contention for at least the first couple of matches, veteran batsman Murali Vijay is best suited to replace the 23-year-old Maharastrian opener at the top-order for CSK.