ENG vs IND: Boys were a bit distracted but handled it well, says Vikram Rathour
Indian head coach Ravi Shastri tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday during the ongoing ENG vs IND test series. Along with him, three other staff members of the Indian cricket team are in isolation as well. BCCI revealed that the three members are in isolation as a precautionary measure because they were in close contact with the Indian head coach.
The Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour revealed that the team was a bit distracted after hearing the news of another Covid-19 positive member associated with the team.
The BCCI revealed the names of the four members who are in isolation right now. They are the Indian head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel.
In an interview with Vikram Rathour:
On Sunday, Vikram Rathour said, "Of course, we are missing them massively. Ravi Bhai B Arun, and R Sridhar, they have been an extremely important part of this setup and they have done extremely well (in) the last five-six years and played a major role in the team doing well".
Rathour also revealed how the team handled the situation, "But this is what it is. That's the fact that they are not here. So it was in the morning, I think, a bit of a distraction. We had a word, we spoke (and) decided that we need to focus on what is in hand, which is cricket."
He also added, "It was an extremely important day for us, to focus on cricket. So I think the boys did extremely well to not get distracted. There was a potential that we can (be) distracted from the situation that happened last night, but a lot of credit goes to the boys, the way they handled themselves and the way we played as a team."