CSK’s Ruturaj Gaikwad remains Covid-19 positive, still in quarantine

Ruturaj Gaikwad

13 members of CSK contingent, including Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, tested positive for Coronavirus on the last of mandatory 6-day quarantine period after reaching UAE. This resulted in an extension of the quarantine period for a week. While Deepak Chahar has tested negative and is back training with the squad, Ruturaj Gaikwad continues to be Covid-19 positive.

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After staying quarantine for 13-14 days, Ruturaj is yet to test negative. The CSK batsman hasn’t been allowed to come out of his hotel room. The management was hoping that after spending another week in isolation, the report would come out negative. However, his latest test report came as a shocker to many.

The good thing, though, is that Ruturaj has been asymptomatic right from the beginning. The Indian cricketer was initially looked as a replacement for Suresh Raina, but with the current circumstances, the management has to look out for other options.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have been practising hard in the nets to prepare for the upcoming IPL. Dhoni and Co. are slated to play the first match of IPL 2020 against Mumbai Indians on 19th September 2020.

The rest of the team looks in good nick and we should be up for the challenge,” a source said.

BCCI medical officer Nitin Patel, too, continues to stay in quarantine because he hasn’t tested negative yet.

Senior players, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have already pulled out of the tournament. Though, the franchise hasn’t yet announced any replacement for either of them. It has been also been understood that Suresh Raina might make a comeback in the tournament.