Ruturaj Gaikwad unlikely to play IPL opener due to COVID-19

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has been tested positive again. His availability in the IPL opener against Mumbai Indians is now doubtful.

The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to kick-off with an epic encounter between Mumbai and Chennai. But the men in yellow have been hit with a blow ahead of the clash as their young talented batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad is in doubt for the game.

The 23-year-old batsman tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently in quarantine and asymptomatic, but he has to return two negative tests before the game to make himself available.

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CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed on Wednesday that the BCCI medical team has not cleared him to be available.

“Ruturaj has still not been cleared by BCCI medical team and is in isolation. He is unlikely to be available for the first match,” he told cricbuzz.

It comes as a major blow for Chennai ahead of the important clash as they were looking to play the youngster as a replacement of Suresh Raina, who left the tournament due to personal reasons.

Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar was also contacted with the virus, but he has been cleared by the medical team and he is doing the training sessions with his team-mates. The CEO informed he is most likely to play in the opening game.

“We are very happy with how he has progressed. He is bowling well at the nets and looks to be in good shape. We are confident that he will be fit and ready for our first game. I can’t say much about team composition but Chahar is very eager to play the first game. We will take a call before the match,” he concluded.

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