CSK CEO Kasi Visvanathan said Ruturaj Gaikwad will most likely overlook the IPL opener.© Instagram
Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 final month, remains in isolation and is unlikely to be to be had for the team’s Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said the India A batsman is doing “absolutely fine” but has not yet got the BCCI’s clearance to enroll in the team’s bio-bubble. “Ruturaj has still not been cleared by the BCCI medical team and is in isolation. He’s unlikely to be to be had for the first match. We are expecting him back in the (bubble) in the next couple of days and he’s doing absolutely fine,” Viswanathan told PTI.
Thirteen members of the CSK contingent tested positive for the virus final month and two of them were players – Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar. Chahar, together with 11 others, has retrieved and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests.
Gaikwad too underwent two tests on Sunday and Monday, the result of which don’t seem to be known. After clearing the COVID-19 test after the 14-day quarantine, a player may be needed to undergo a cardiovascular and lung operate test to make sure he’s fit to train.
Gaikwad is seen as Raina’s replacement in the team after the latter pulled out of the tournament and flew back home because of personal reasons.
Senior spinner Harbhajan Singh has also withdrawn because of personal reasons.
Visawanthan said the team has not not determined on their replacements yet.
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