Rishabh Pant joins Indian Test squad after recovering from Covid-19

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Filed on July 22, 2021
India's wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. (BCCI Twitter)

In Pant's absence, KL Rahul kept wickets for India in the three-day warm-up game

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has joined the Indian Test team after recovering from Covid-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed.

"Hello @RishabhPant17, great to have you back #TeamIndia," the Indian cricket board tweeted.

The BCCI, on July 15, announced that both Pant and training assistant Dayanand Garani had tested positive for Covid-19. The Board said that the young wicketkeeper was already into his eighth day of isolation at the time of announcement.

Pant, who has now returned with negative test results, had been in isolation for two weeks since testing positive.

India's other wicketkeeper on the tour, Wriddhiman Saha is still in isolation along with bowling coach Bharat Arun and standby batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran for being in contact with Garani. The trio is expected to come out of isolation on July 24.

In the absence of both Pant and Saha, India have fielded KL Rahul as wicketkeeper in the ongoing warm-up match against County Select XI.

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