IND vs ENG LIVE: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for COVID-19 just ahead of the 4th day of the ongoing Test. The authorities were quick to put him under mandatory quarantine for 14 days, whilst all the players tested negative.
Apart from Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and Nitin Patel- Physiotherapist have also been isolated as a precautionary measure. And as per the protocols, Virat Kohli & his men won’t see the availability of the 59-year-old for the final test.
Because as per the protocols, Shastri’s presence won’t be possible in the fifth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. There is a gap of just three-days between 4th and 5th Test match, which won’t offer and possibility for him to join the team whatsoever.
The fifth and final Test match of the series will get underway between September 10-14.
Of course, we are missing them massively. They have been an extremely important part of the setup and have done extremely well in the last five-six years in the team doing well,” batting coach Vikram Rathour said on Sunday.
IND vs ENG LIVE: More than Ravi Shastri, absence of other coaches could hurt more
The Indian team heavily relies on Team spirit and proper guidance from their respective areas of coaches. The fact that bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar would spend their time in hotels would bring a setback for the visitors.
Visitors had also suffered a jolt just ahead of the first Test when wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant had tested positive for COVID-19. However, he recovered and joined the side and played all the matches so far.
Currently, England is batting at 77-0 in the ongoing Test. The Indian team put a target of 368 runs and will be expecting to chip in with some wickets in the early sessions of the fifth and final Test.
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