U-19 WC: Corona to Indian all-rounder before the quarter-finals, 5 players including captain returned fit

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Dubai: India’s Under-19 all-rounder Nishant Sindhu will not play in the Under-19 World Cup quarter-final (India vs Bangladesh QF) match against Bangladesh. Sindhu has become Kovid positive. However, the team’s regular captain Yash Dhull and four other players are fit for this match to be held on Saturday. It also includes Vice-Captain Sheik Rasheed. These players had become Kovid positive but now their report has come negative. Players who became Kovid positive during the tournament have to spend at least seven days in Quarantine. This means that Sindhu’s play in the semi-finals is also doubtful. If India beat Bangladesh, they will face either Pakistan or Australia in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Despite Sindhu’s absence, the Indian camp is excited with the return of five players. Dhul and Rashid will give strength to the batting. In this tournament, India has so far scored around 315 runs per innings. Siddharth Yadav and Aradhya Yadav are also available for selection in the playing XI. Sindhu had captained India in two league matches when five players of the team became Kovid positive. The left-arm spinner has played an important role so far. He has taken four wickets at 2.75 runs per over. His average has also been 14.25. India currently has 21 players to choose the team. Of this, 16 or 17 are part of the main party. And the remaining five players are in reserve. He was sent to the West Indies after the wave of Kovid came in the team. If India needs to select players from this pool, it will have to appeal to the ICC’s Events Technical Committee for a temporary change in the team. This is the fourth time in this Under-19 World Cup that cases of corona have been reported. Before the start of the tournament, four Zimbabwean players were infected with Corona. After this, four players in the Indian camp got infected. West Indies also had to change two players due to Kovid before their last group match.

[Attribution to NBT]

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