Rajasthan Royals Fielding Coach Dishant Yagnik recovers from COVID-19, joins team in Dubai


Rajasthan Royals field trainer Dishant Yagnik has recovered from COVID-19 and joined his team in Dubai ahead of the Indian Premier League after passing two consecutive coronavirus tests. 37-year-old Yagnik had tested positive for coronavirus on August 12 prior to the departure of the team, making it the first case among the franchises. IPL 2020 starts on September 19 and will be played in three cities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yagnik was in his hometown of Udaipur when he was tested and was advised to be admitted to a hospital for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

“14 days quarantine, 2 negative tests, 1 fitness test, Fielding coach @ Dishantyagnik77 is ready for # IPL2020,” the franchise tweeted Friday night.

“He arrived here early this morning,” added a team official.

However, Yagnik will have to stay in self-isolation for six days and will also have to undergo three more COVID-19 tests before joining the Rajasthan Royals for the tournament which kicks off September 19.

Yagnik, a left-handed, hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman, scored 170 runs in 25 IPL matches.

He made his first-class debut in 2004, scoring 1,754 runs in 50 games against an average of 24.70 in a century and nine fifties.

In 41 List A games, he scored 945 runs at 25.54 with two hundred and four half centuries.


On Friday, an India T20 specialist along with at least 10 members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the IPL franchise to extend the quarantine period in Dubai.

The party has yet to issue a formal statement, but a competition source told PTI the number of positive cases could be as high as 12. The 13th IPL, which was shifted to the UAE due to rising COVID-19 cases in India, will shut down on Nov. 10.

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