The duo of Kolkata Knights of Varun Chakravarti and Sandip Warrier are doing “well” and the team hopes to return to action for their next IPL game after the quarantine phase is over, said CEO and MD Venky Mysore.
About seven hours before the start, the IPL match between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore had to be postponed on Monday after the duo KKR was positive.
“Tough times, but I’m happy to announce that both Varun and Sandip are doing well,” Mysore told leading television broadcasters Star Sports.
“We took all the precautions we needed and were advised by the IPL and KKR medical teams, and we also received appropriate outside advice on what was the right thing to do.
“Sandeep in particular is doing well. There is no fever, no other symptoms and he is feeling well. Varun is still a little under the weather, but better than yesterday they are both in a good mood.”
While the duo was positive, the rest of the KKR contingent returned negative.
Now, according to protocol, the entire team and staff of the hotel are quarantined for five days with a daily testing schedule before their next match against Delhi Capitals here on May 8.
“The target date for completing this five-day day with this daily testing is May 6,” said Mysore, when asked if KKR would be eligible to return to action as soon as the quarantine phase is over.
“We should be able to get the results later in the day on May 6, which means we could potentially even go out the same night for training depending on what the coaches want to do, and then prepare for 7 -th and 8th depending on when the rescheduled games could take place. “
Mysore said they found out about Varun’s positive test about 24 hours ago and received the Warrier score later that night.
He said the duo was soon isolated on a different floor with different AC channels to “make sure the others are protected”.
Owner of KKR Shah Rukh Khan they also got involved in a video call to take stock of how everyone in the camp was feeling.
With five defeats from seven games, KKR is staring in an early elimination for a third straight season, but Mysore was optimistic and drew a parallel with his triumphant season in 2014 under two-time IPL captain Gautam Gambir.
“If you think about our last championship (in 2014). I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or a good omen or what. Exactly after seven games we had the same record (two wins and five losses) and we continued to win the championship,” he concluded.