Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has recovered from COVID-19 and will be available for India’s long tour of England next month. He was picked for the England-bound squad subject to fitness.
Saha had contracted coronavirus in the bio bubble of Sunrisers Hyderabad during IPL 2021. The tournament was eventually suspended due to numerous coronavirus cases in four teams. Sunrisers Hyderabad had confirmed that Saha was undergoing medical treatment as soon as he returned with a positive covid test.
The experienced wicketkeeper had reached his home in Kolkata after completing over a fortnight-long quarantine at a Delhi hotel. He will have to return another negative RT-PCR test before joining the pre-departure bio-bubble in Mumbai, where the squad will undergo hard quarantine before boarding the flight to England.
A source close to the player told PTI, “Wriddhiman is back home yesterday after two and half weeks of hotel quarantine in Delhi.”
Just four days back, Saha had received conflicting results in two coronavirus tests, which prolonged his isolation. The SRH star then cleared the speculation about his health last week, confirming that he had tested positive in one of the two mandatory RT-PCR tests during his quarantine period.
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) May 14, 2021
The 36-year-old has been named in the 20-man squad for England tour, which includes the WTC final against New Zealand. He is one of the two wicket keepers picked in the squad for the long tour of England. KL Rahul is another wicketkeeping option for India. Rishabh Pant is likely to retain his position as the first-choice wicketkeeper after his impressive performances against Australia and England.
India is scheduled to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final from June 18 in Southampton. The five-Test series against England is to be held in August while a limited-overs side is scheduled to play ODIs and T20Is in Sri Lanka.