Prior to the first day of the team’s practise match against Leicestershire, Ravichandran Ashwin, who had missed the travel to England after testing positive for COVID-19, joined the Indian team. Although there was no official statement made in this respect, the images released by BCCI on Twitter supported the news.
However, Ashwin travelled to England earlier this week and joined the Indian squad in Leicester before the commencement of the practise game after recovering from Covid-19 and finishing all the required formalities.
Due to a positive Covid-19 test, Ashwin was unable to accompany the rest of the squad to England On June 16, and the seasoned bowler was immediately placed in quarantine.
With 442 wickets from 86 matches, Ashwin is now the nation’s second-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and one of India’s most effective spinners overall. He is anticipated to be included in the starting lineup for the July 1st start of the fifth Test match against England at Edgbaston.
Originally slated to take place during India’s tour of England last year, the fifth Test between India and England had to be postponed owing to COVID-19, despite the visitors being up 2-1 in the series. When they square up against the visitors in the fifth Test beginning on July 1, India will have a fantastic opportunity to win their first Test series in England since 2007.
Hello and welcome to Day 1 of our practice match against @leicsccc #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/nUilsYz5fT
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2022