Veteran off-spinner Ravichandaran Ashwin has reportedly not traveled to the United Kingdom in company with other teammates for the rescheduled ‘Fifth Test’ of the five-match Test series between India and England originally played in 2021.
BCCI sources have passed on the tip-off that the senior spinner has tested positive for the COVID-19 in the preliminary RT-PCR test conducted just before the flight’s take-off. The other members of team India had left for the U.K on June 16th. "Ashwin hasn't travelled with the squad to the UK as he has tested positive for Covid 19 before departure. But we are hopeful that he will recover well in time before the Test match starts on July 1," a BCCI source confirmed this to PTI on condition of anonymity.
"However he might miss the practice game against Leicestershire," the source added.
Team Management Touched-Down Leicester...
The rest of the Test team members assembled in Leicester and kicked-off a training session guided by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and batting coach Vikram Rathaour.
Indian team members for South Africa’s T20 games including Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer alongside head coach Rahul Dravid have reached London after finishing the assignment and are expected to travel to practice hub Leicester on Tuesday.
The last Test of the high-voltage five-match series was halted abruptly and will be played at the same venue Edgaston starting on July 01st. Team India is currently at lead with 2-1 tally in first four matches.
Rahul Dravid Feels Dynamics Are Changed....
Given the changes in the last one year, England is on cloud nine with their recent 2-0 lead against Australia in red-ball cricket with the third and last Test match under the pipeline. Head Coach Rahul Dravid has also mentioned that dynamics of the series will not be the same.
In terms of the Test match, it is obviously going to be exciting," Dravid said on Sunday in Bengaluru. "For us it is a one-off Test match, but it's WTC points. It's a series on the line for the guys who played a part in it [last year], and they are very keen to try and win that series and do well. So I'm looking forward to that.
"It is always lovely a Test match in England; the crowds are going to be fantastic. You expect really good crowds in England when you play Test cricket there. And England is playing really well at the moment. I mean they are playing really good cricket.
"It's probably a bit different to when we were there last year when England was probably a little bit on the back foot. But they have played couple of good games [against New Zealand], and we have got a pretty good squad as well. Hopefully it will be a good match. [I] love watching Test cricket, love playing it, love coaching it. Looking forward to it."
The Ireland-bound team India’s squad under VVS Laxman will take a leave for Dublin on June 23 as the SA tour team is provided with a three-day rest.