India's wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has joined the India camp after recovering from COVID-19. Pant had tested positive on July 8 and did not travel with the rest of the team to Durham, where the team is playing a three-day warm-up match against County Select XI. Meanwhile, Indian opener Shubman Gill has returned home after he sustained an injury in his left leg and was ruled out of the Test series against England, which is starting from August 4.
Apart from Pant, four other members of the India camp were also in quarantine. Training assistant Dayanand Garani, who also tested positive for COVID-19, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, reserve opener Abhimanyu Easwaran and bowling coach Bharat Arun, who were in close contacts with Garani.
Pant's mandatory isolation period of ten days was set to end on July 18. However, he did not join the Indian camp at that time. In his and Saha's absence, KL Rahul took the wicketkeeping gloves in the match against the County Select XI.
Shubman Gill back in India
On Wednesday, Shubman Gill posted an Instagram story - a photograph of a cake with the message "Welcome home Shubi" written on it, with the caption "my fam >>>>", which indicated he was back home with his family.
Team India in command against County XI
Talking about the practice game, Indian bowlers had a solid outing on Wednesday as a combined effort saw India bowling out County XI for 220 runs, taking a 91-run lead in the 3-day game. Each bowler ended up in the wickets column, with Umesh Yadav being the pick of the bowlers. The pacer took 3 wickets, followed by Siraj, who took two. Meanwhile, Bumrah, Thakur, Jadeja and Patel picked one wicket each.