Washington Sundar Covid Positive out of South Africa ODIs: In the recent development, India’s off-spinner Washington Sundar has reportedly been ruled out for the upcoming three-match ODI series against South Africa after testing positive for Covid-19. After the conclusion of the ongoing third and final Test match, India is scheduled to play three ODI matches against the Proteas on 19, 21 and 23 January, 2022 respectively.
If the recent reports are to be believed, off-spinner Washington Sundar will have to delay his comeback to international after being sidelined with a finger injury since the previous England tour in July 2021. A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearer has confirmed that Sundar recently tested positive for Covid-19 and he will not travel to Cape Town from Mumbai along with the rest of the members of the Indian ODI squad.
It is being understood that Washington Sundar is currently on the verge of finishing his week-long isolation period and the BCCI is still trying to figure out a possible way through which the Tamil Nadu cricketer can join the rest of the national squad in South Africa. He is currently in Bengaluru where he was training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) with the other members of the limited-overs squad who have all tested negative. Sundar last played for India in March 2021 against England, but performed impressively well for Tamil Nadu on his comeback in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The first two India vs South Africa ODI matches will be played in Paarl while the final ODI game is scheduled to be held in Cape Town. In the absence of Rohit Sharma who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, KL Rahul has been appointed as the stand-in captain for the ODI matches against South Africa while right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be his deputy. It is still not clear whether former ODI captain Virat Kohli will be available for the limited-overs series or not due to his ongoing fitness concerns.
India ODI Squad for South Africa Tour
KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.
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