IPL 2020: Ruturaj Gaikwad joins CSK’s training session after testing negative for COVID-19

Gaikwad missed the first match against Mumbai Indians after testing positive for the coronavirus but has now been cleared to join CSK's bio-bubble.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), batsman has returned to the team’s bio-bubble after testing negative twice for the COVID-19 virus. Gaikwad, who had tested positive for the virus, was in isolation and underwent the mandatory two week quarantine in Dubai.

CSK team management earlier today confirmed on Twitter that Gaikwad has returned to training. Despite his return, uncertainty revolves around his selection for the game against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Tuesday.

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Gaikwad was one of the 13 members of the CSK contingent who had tested positive for COVID -19.  He along with Deepak Chahar went into isolation after testing positive for the virus. But Chahar was cleared immediately after he completed his two-week quarantine. Ruturaj wasn’t medically cleared immediately after his 2 weeks isolation which made him unavailable for the first match against Mumbai.

Ruturaj Gaikwad

The departure of Suresh Raina has left an irreplaceable void and Chennai Super Kings are trying to fill it by all means. Their choice of making Ambati Rayudu bat down the order worked well but CSK’Murali Vijay who opened the innings could not do much with the bat against Mumbai Indians (MI). If Vijay continues his poor run, Gaikwad might find himself in the playing eleven.

The CSK management, too, are confident that Gaikwad could fill in the boots of Raina. Ruturaj Gaikwad has scored the most List A runs for India.  The cricketer from Maharashtra might be the ideal replacement for Suresh Raina who’ll most probably replace Murali Vijay in the upcoming matches.

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