IPL 2020: CSK’s Ruturaj Gaikwad to undergo two more COVID tests

Eleven out of 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent who tested positive for COVID-19 are now back in the bio-bubble.

Published : Sep 13, 2020 14:39 IST , Dubai

Chennai Super Kings and India ‘A’ cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Chennai Super Kings and India ‘A’ cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Chennai Super Kings and India ‘A’ cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Young Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, will undergo two fresh tests starting Sunday and could miss the first few games of the Indian Premier League.

Thirteen members of the CSK contingent tested positive for the virus and two of them were players - Gaekwad and Deepak Chahar. Chahar, along with 11 others, has recovered and resumed training after clearing his mandatory two tests.

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“Ruturaj will undergo two tests as per protocol, today and tomorrow. If he tests negative, he will be back in team hotel bubble. The other staff members have tested negative and are now back to normal. They are back in team bubble,” CSK CEO K. S. Viswanthan told PTI on Sunday.

Gaekwad, an India ‘A’ regular who tested positive a few days after Chahar, is being touted as the one to replace Suresh Raina, but CSK might have to wait a bit as he undergoes COVID tests on Sunday and Monday. Raina pulled out of the IPL due to personal reasons.


For Gaekwad, CSK will follow the established protocol and he will also have to undergo cardiovascular and lung function tests to ascertain his fitness if he clears the coronavirus tests. He is likely to be available for selection only after a week, which means he might have to sit out of at least the tournament-opener on September 19 against Mumbai Indians and a few more matches after that.

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