Yuzvendra Chahal’s parents have tested positive for Covid-19 and his father has been admitted to a hospital with “severe symptoms”, the India cricketer’s wife Dhanashree Verma said in a social media post on Friday. Chahal’s mother is being treated at home for the infection, she added.
Dhanashree Verama, in an Instagram post, said her mother and brother also tested positive for Covid-19 when she was with Yuzvendra Chahal in the bio-bubble of Royal Challengers Bangalore during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which was suspended due to positive virus cases across multiple franchises.
Dhanashree said she had monitored their progress and added that they have recovered from the virus but the dancer has been visiting the hospital where here father-in-law is being treated at the moment. Dhanashree urged people to follow all necessary safety protocols, highlighting that it has been a difficult experience for herself and her family over the last two months.
“April-May. It’s been really tough and emotionally challenging for me. At first, my mother and brother tested positive. I was in the IPL bubble and felt extremely helpless but did monitor them time to time. It’s really difficult to stay away from your family. Fortunately, they have recovered,” Dhanashree said in an Instagram story.
“But I lost my aunt and very close uncle due to Covid and its complications,” she added.
“And now my parents in law have tested positive with severe symptoms. My father-in-law is admitted and my mother-in-law is being treated at home. I was at the hospital and I have witnessed the worst. I am taking all the precautions but… Guys please stay at home and take proper care of your family,” she wrote.
Yuzvendra Chahal represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 before the tournament was suspended on May 4. Chahal had been accompanied by his wife Dhanashree in the bio-bubble as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) permitted players to travel with their families.
Chahal was not named in the 20-man squad for England tour, which includes the World Test Championship final. Notably, the leg-spinner is likely to be part of the India squad for the proposed limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in July. The series will feature only India’s white-ball specialists as Test regulars will be in England, preparing for a 5-Test series against England in August-September.
India has been badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The daily death toll saw a slight dip at 4,120 in the last 24 hours while the total number of cases in the country at present stands at 2,37,03,665, and the death tally at 2,58,317.
Only on Wednesday, former India cricketer RP Singh lost his father to Covid-19. Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and young uncapped pacer Chetan Sakariya also lost their fathers to the infection earlier this month.