IPL 2020: Ruturaj Gaikwad resumes training after successive COVID-19 negative tests 

Gaikwad had to go through extended quarantine after testing positive on arrival.

Ruturaj Gaikwad | Twitter/Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad finally got back at training after being allowed inside his team's bio-bubble on returning two COVID-19 negative tests.

Gaikwad was in extended isolation for two weeks at a separate facility in Dubai after testing positive on arrival to the UAE. 

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The Chennai franchise confirmed the development on Monday (September 21) via their official Twitter handle. 


However, it isn't yet clear whether Gaikwad, the 23-year-old right-hander from Maharashtra, will be eligible to play CSK's next match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday (September 22) in Sharjah. 

"As per the IPL's medical protocols," says a report by ESPNcricinfo, "players who have tested positive in the bubble are to isolate at a separate quarantine facility for 14 days before returning two negative tests on consecutive days."

"After that, the player has to undergo medical tests put in place by the BCCI before he can return to training."

Gaikwad was one of the two players who had tested positive along with the 10 of Super Kings' support staff members. The other cricketer was pacer Deepak Chahar. 

Chahar was allowed to resume training immediately after the completion of his extended quarantine, but not Gaikwad, who remained positive and couldn't be part of the campaign opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) last Saturday. 

Gaikwad is being touted as an able replacement to Suresh Raina, who pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. He has been fantastic at the domestic level and for India A and is definitely on the national selectors' radar.

(Inputs from ESPNcricinfo)


By Kashish Chadha - 21 Sep, 2020

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