The test series between England and India has been very exciting. The series so far has been levelled at 1-1 with the fourth match of the series taking place at The Oval. The second-last game of the series so far has seen evenly poised competition between bat and ball. After being bowled for 191 runs and conceding a lead of 99 runs, Team India displayed batting of the highest class to take a lead of more than 150 runs on Day 3. However, with two days left for the Test match, it remains to be seen which way will the match go.
With the fourth Test match of the series taking place the Oval, Indian contingent has suffered a COVID-19 scare. In a disappointing development, it is learned that Team India head coach Ravi Shastri along with bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R. Sridhar and physiotherapist Nitin Patel has been forced to isolate after the head coach returned Covid positive test last evening.
The quartet of Indian support staff have undergone RT-PCR tests and will stay in hotel rooms until the medical team gives confirmation, barring them from travelling to the stadium with the rest of the team for Day 4.
All other Indian players have undergone two flow tests, one on Saturday evening and the other on Sunday morning and it is learned that all of them returned negative tests, which has allowed the cricketing action to take place at The Oval on Day 4.
The BCCI released an official statement and confirmed the same:
“They have undergone RT-PCR testing and shall remain in the team hotel and not travel with Team India until confirmation from the medical team. The remaining members of the Team India contingent underwent two Lateral Flow Tests – one last night and another this morning. The members upon returning negative COVID reports were allowed to proceed for Day 4,” BCCI stated
After having a dominating day 3 of the ongoing Test match, Team India have a crucial Day 4 ahead of them. With a lead of 170-plus runs already in the bag, skipper Virat Kohli along with other Indian batsmen would be looking to set a mammoth target for England to take a lead of 1-2 in the series. However, if they suffer a batting collapse, then they will be under immense pressure and then the match can easily go in the home side’s way.