Wriddhiman Saha tests negative for COVID-19; set to travel to England

Wriddhiman Saha had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 twice and his availability for travel to England for the WTC final was in doubt.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha

Indian wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has tested negative for COVID-19 after having tested positive twice beforehand. The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cricketer had tested positive on the day the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) was suspended due to the increase in cases in the teams’ bio-bubbles. The IPL had been planned to go ahead but positive tests for Saha and Amir Mishra meant the tournament had to be suspended indefinitely.

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc in India and a huge number of cases are being reported every day. Even as the IPL was played inside strict bio-bubbles, the pandemic found a way to creep in and bring an end to the event.

Meanwhile, with regard to Saha, he had been chosen in the squad for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) but his availability was subject to him recovering from COVID-19 and passing a fitness test. Therefore, his participation seemed to be in jeopardy when he tested positive for a second time, but thankfully for him, he has recovered now.

Wriddhiman Saha to travel to England for WTC final

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha

Reports from Ananda Bazar Patrika have confirmed that Wriddhiman Saha has tested negative for the virus, meaning that he will now travel to Kolkata to be with his family before returning for a hard quarantine ahead of India’s departure to England for the WTC final as well as a five-match series against the Englishmen in August.

Saha is no longer the first choice wicket-keeper for India as the young Rishabh Pant has made the spot in the line-up his own thanks to his stupendous exploits with the bat in recent times. It is extremely unlikely that Saha will find a place in the playing XI for the final, but his presence is bound to still be useful due to the 36-year-old’s vast experience in the game of cricket.

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