All-rounder Washington Sundar tested covid positive, ruled out of the ODI series against South Africa.
SA vs IND ODI: Indian young off-spin all-rounder Washington Sundar has tested positive for the coronavirus and is subsequently ruled out of the One Day International (ODI) series against South Africa.
Sundar was named in India’s 18-men strong ODI squad that was set to travel to the Rainbow nation for the three matches ODI series following the ongoing test series, however, his participation in the 50-overs format has been dented following the covid positive report.
Cricbuzz, on Tuesday, quoted a BCCI official as saying, “He tested positive some days back and it has been decided that he will not travel with the squad.”
Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are there in India’s contingent travelling to South Africa.
The recent reports also suggested that the BCCI has asked Jayant Yadav to stay back in South Africa after the conclusion of the test series. He will come in India’s ODI squad filling up the place of Washington Sundar.
The three matches ODI series starts on January 19th in Paarl. The second fixture is also scheduled to be held in the same venue, Paarl, on January 21st while for the decider, both the teams will travel to Newlands, Cape Town on January 23.
Sundar’s unfortunate covid positive report will be a blessing in disguise for Ravichandran Ashwin, who is making his ODI comeback after a long haul of about 4 years. He featured in an ODI fixture back in September 2017 against West Indies and since then he has been sidelined from the limited-overs matches.
Washington Sundar was last seen in action in T20Is against England, the previous year. Since then he has been amidst injuries. Owing to the injury, he had to miss the second phase of the IPL 2021 and the further international matches and tournaments.
He returned back to the field of cricket recently and featured his domestic side, Tamil Nadu, in Vijay Hazare Trophy and other home tournaments.