Covid-19: 6 cricketers who tested positive for coronavirus
Published on March 27, 2021 at 09.55
Multiple cricket stars tested positive, with some losing their lives to the pandemic.
The legendary batsman and former Indian skipper announced his diagnosis in March 2021. Tendulkar, 47, confirmed that he was only experiencing mild symptoms and was quarantining at home. He also confirmed that everyone else in his home had tested negative and thanked the healthcare professionals supporting him “and many others across the country.”
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The Bangladeshi left-arm spinner was the first cricketer who was diagnosed with the virus, announcing that both he and his parents were Covid positive in June 2020. He confirmed that he had been experiencing a fever and had said that he was especially worried for his parents who had pre-existing conditions.
The former Pakistan first-class cricketer, 50, passed away in April 2020 due to Covid. He had been on a ventilator for three days in the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Peshawar. The cricket fraternity mourned the loss of the left-hand middle-order batsman, who made 616 runs from 15 first-class games for Peshawar. He also had 96 runs from six one-day games before retiring in 1994 and moving on to coaching both the senior and the Under-19 Peshawar teams in the mid-2000s.
The English all-rounder urged people to take the Covid vaccine and ignore “conspiracy theories” after testing positive in January 2021. Englands cricket board announced that both he and teammate Chris Woakes would self-isolate after the latter was deemed a possible close contact. The team was in Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series.
The Scotland off-spinner tested positive for the virus in March 2020 and said he was being treated at Royal Alexandra Hospital in the Paisley area of Glasgow. The 37-year-old international cricketer of Pakistani descent had played 54 ODIs and 24 T20Is for Scotland between 2006 and 2015. He was Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 60 wickets until being passed in 2019 by fast bowler Safyaan Sharif.
The former Indian batsman and veteran cricket administrator died in August 2020 at age 73 due to complications from Covid. Chauhan had tested positive in July that year and was quickly hospitalised when further infection affected his kidneys and caused blood pressure problems. He was later put on life support before his brother Pushpendra Chauhan confirmed the news of his passing.