ICC U-19 World Cup 2022: Because five of the quarantined team’s six members have tested positive, India will only have 12 players to choose from for Saturday’s final league match in Group B of the U-19 World Cup against a weak Uganda.
PTI, Tarouba. For Saturday’s final league match in Group B of the Under-19 World Cup, India will have only 12 players to choose from against a vulnerable Uganda, with many cricketers vulnerable to COVID-19 due to their quarantine here. Five of the running team’s six members have tested positive.
Only Vasu Vats has come back negative, but the team management is likely to field the same playing XI that beat Ireland by 174 runs on Wednesday to ensure a place in the quarter-finals. Captain Yash Dhul, Vice Captain Sheikh Rashid, and Aradhya Yadav had all tested positive in the rapid antigen test, and the latest RTPCAR report confirmed this. Manav Parikh had previously tested negative, but has now tested positive. Before the Ireland match, Siddharth Yadav had tested positive in an RTPCR test.
India, who had already qualified for the quarter-finals, will play a relatively easy opponent in the final group match on Saturday. India would welcome the return of all of these players before the knockout stage. Manav Prakash and Vasu Vats, both all-rounders, tested negative but showed signs of infection and were placed in isolation.
Despite being a formal match, India’s match against Uganda is crucial because the players will be under mental stress as a result of Covid, and those who missed the previous match will want match practise before the knockout. The team has shown its form and is expected to perform well once again, but the middle order batsmen must score runs at a faster rate. Nishant Sindhu, who took over as captain in Dhul’s absence, appears to be in good form as well. Rajvardhan Hengergekar, the team’s lower middle order batsman, is a good attacking batsman. Uganda has yet to win a single match.