More trouble for team India, Axar Patel joins list of Covid infected players – INDvsWI: Dark clouds have begun to threaten the West Indies tour of India, as spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel become the fifth Indian player to come in contact with the dreaded virus ahead of the ODI series against the West Indies. It has been learnt that Axar Patel was yet to join the Indian contingent in Ahmedabad.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad along with four other members of the Indian ODI squad were tested covid positive. Navdeep Saini, who is picked as a backup pacer for the ODI series against West Indies, also returned Covid positive on Wednesday.
It must be noted that Axar Patel is only available to play the three matches T20I series against West Indies. The cricketer will join the Indian squad following the completion of the three matches ODI series, starting February 6.
Patel is expected to recover well and join team India for the T20I series. He still has around two weeks to recuperate well before the start of the T20I series.
The recent reports suggest that the cricket board is likely to bring in Ishan Kishan if more Covid cases erupt.
The three matches ODI series between India and West Indies is likely to go as per the original schedule. An extended ODI squad was picked by the BCCI to counter such Covid related issues.
It must be noted that the West Indies squad has also arrived in Ahmedabad. The contingent was all negative before their departure and upon landing in Ahmedabad.
The India vs West Indies 1st ODI will be a historic match for the hosts. Team India will become the first-ever team to feature in 1000 ODI games. Australia is just behind India with 958 ODI appearances.