Sri Lanka Cricket applauded Rahul Dravid for completing the tour of India despite the Covid-19 hitting the Indian contingent. Rahul Dravid led a second team from India for a three-match ODI and T20I series Sri Lanka.
While the ODI series took place without any problems, the T20I series was badly affected as Indian player Krunal Pandya contacted the virus amid the tour.
Krunal Pandya was found positive after completing 1 Covid-19st T20I. As a result, the 2nd The T20I race has been postponed by one day. While Pandya was placed in quarantine after testing positive for Covid, 8 other Indian players were sent under strict isolation because they were in close contact with Pandya.
As a result, only 11 players from the Indian team of 20 men were available for the last two T20I matches. Despite such a difficult situation, Rahul Dravid played in the rest of the two matches with the remaining players.
If Rahul Dravid wanted, he could have easily taken the team back to India: SLC Board
In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Mohan de Silva praised Indian coach Rahul Dravid for the effort he put into completing the series.
‘If he wanted to, he could have easily taken the team back to India. The most encouraging aspect of the whole Pandya episode was the role of the support staff of the Indian team, led by Rahul. If he wanted to, he could have easily taken the team back to India. He was very accommodating and understood the situation. “He appreciates the efforts we make and realizes that we are doing our best to protect the boys from virus dangers with all bio-safe guidelines,” said de Silva.
The Cricket Secretary of Sri Lanka also thanks the President of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, and Secretary Jay Shah for the addition of three T20I matches during the tour of India. The tour previously consisted of only three one-day matches, but BCCI added a three-match T20I series at the request of Sri Lanka Cricket. De Silva said that the tour was very valuable to them financially.
“It was a very, very valuable tour for us. We have been looking forward to it for a long time. We were very grateful to BCCI top buyers – Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly – for obeying our request to play three extra T20Is. The tour was originally only for three one-day matches. This improved the commercial value of the entire tour. In the end, we made almost $ 14.5 million. This is a big boost for our finances, ”said de Silva.
The three-match ODI series was won by In the, as the Shikhar Dhawan-led team won the 1stst en 2nd ODI. However, Sri Lanka surpassed India in the T20I series. After losing the first match, Sri Lanka wins the 2nd and 3rd T20I, which clinched the series in their favor.