IPL 2020: CSK pacer Deepak Chahar gives health update, eyes return to action ‘soon’

Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Deepak Chahar on Tuesday took to social media to give his fans and followers an update on his health, saying he is “recovering well” and is “hoping to return to action soon”. The post comes days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed 13 positive Covid-19 tests in the CSK camp during the 6-day mandatory quarantine period in Dubai, ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

“Thank you all for your love and prayers Folded hands..I am better now and trying my best to keep myself fit..hopefully you will see me in action very soon..Keep showering your love and never miss your leg day. #ipl #legday #ipl2020 #recovery (sic),” Deepak Chahar said in his post.

Deepak Chahar was seen doing leg exercises in the video as he urged his followers to never miss ‘your leg day no matter where you are and what condition you are’.

Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan on Tuesday told indiatoday.in that, all the members of the touring CSK camp, except the 13 members who tested positive for the virus, returned negative Covid-19 tests. The result comes after CSK members underwent the 1st of their additional 2 Covid-19 tests on Monday.

Earlier, Deepak Chahar’s cousin brother Rahul, who plays for Mumbai Indians, took to social media to wish the CSK pacer a speedy recovery.

“Stay strong brother, hoping for your speedy recovery and all my prayers for you get well soon @deepak_chahar9,” Rahul Chahar said.

Deepak’s sister Malti Chahar also wished the India bowler: “You are a true warrior, born to fight. Day is brighter after the darkest night. May you come out stronger than ever before. With love & prayers, waiting to see you roar,” Malti Chahar had posted on Instagram on Saturday.

CSK are likely to begin training in Dubai from September 4, provided the said members test Covid-19 negative in the 2nd batch of tests on September 3. CSK will be the last team to begin training after arriving in the UAE as the other 7 franchises took to outdoor nets from last weekend.

Kasi Viswanathan confirmed that the 13 Covid-19 positive members continue to be in isolation from the rest of the camp and will be tested again after the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. After 2 weeks of isolation, the individual must return 2 negative PCR test reports done 24 hours apart before being permitted to re-enter the bio-secure environment. Cardiac screening is also compulsory before resuming team activities.

CSK were the only side to host a training camp under bio-secure conditions before heading to the UAE. A part of the CSK contingent, including captain MS Dhoni and vice-captain Suresh Raina, arrived in Dubai on August 21 after their 5-day training camp in Chennai.

With Suresh Raina pulling out of IPL 2020 due to ‘personal reasons’, CSK will be hoping there are no more hiccups to their lead up to IPL 2020. While South African players Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi joined the camp on Monday, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is yet to arrive in the UAE.





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