After Deepak Chahar, Ruturaj Gaikwad also tests positive for COVID-19

Ruturaj Gaikwad

Not a lot of days are left for the thirteenth edition of IPL to kickstart. However, Chennai Super Kings received a big blow on Friday as 12 members of CSK contingent tested positive for the coronavirus. Deepak Chahar was the first cricketer to be identified as Corona positive among all the players who landed UAE. However, now youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad has also come out as positive for Covid-19.

For the uninitiated, CSK were the only team which held a camp in Chennai before leaving for UAE. They reached Dubai on 21st August 2020. Upon reaching, the whole squad served six-day quarantine period. The dhoni-led side were due to start training on Friday.

However, they dealt a huge blow as 1 player and 11 members of support staff were tested positive for Covid-19.

There has been no respite for the franchise as youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad now has also been tested positive. The whole unit has been told to extend the isolation period to one more week. For this reason, the announcement of IPL 2020 schedule has also got delayed further.


Problems for CSK aren’t willing to end. CSK’s highest run-scorer in IPL history, Suresh Raina has pulled out of IPL 2020. Earlier, the reason for the same was unknown but later it was understood that Raina’s uncle died in a house attack. His aunt is currently battling her life in a hospital.

With Raina opting out of the IPL, CSK needs to look out for their new number three batsmen to fill his shoes.

Indian Premier League is scheduled to start to 19th September. The final of the tournament will be played on 10th November 2020.