Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya reportedly breached COVID protocol at baby shop in Australia


Indian skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya had breached the COVID-19 protocols while being in Australia as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya breaches COVID protocols

As reported in, Kohli and Pandya had visited a baby shop in Australia on December 7 without wearing masks. Going by the protocols, both the players should have worn the masks.

India clashed with Australia in three ODIs and T20 International matches prior to the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series. The limited-overs matches were played in Sydney and Canberra from November 27 to December 8.

It was on December 7 that the players had gone to the baby shop and reportedly broke the COVID protocols by not wearing masks.

It was apparently a minor incident and that is the reason why it was not reported then. Australia has COVID-19 situation under control but in order to conduct the ongoing series smoothly, the guidelines are to be followed by all the players.

Kohli and his wife, Anushka Sharma expecting their baby very soon as the former had left for his home country following the first test match.

Pandya had welcomed a baby boy before he left for IPL 2020 in UAE. He was only part of the squad, taking part in the limited-overs format and had returned to India after the six matches.

Recently, another incident had drawn some attention when Indian players Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini and Rishabh Pant were spotted at a restaurant in Melbourne without masks.

But Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) had clarified the situation and said that the players had gone through the necessary tests prior to their visit to the venue.

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However, the five players, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini and Rishabh Pant are currently under isolation and are said to be training separately.

India is set to take on Australia in the third test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7, with the series being tied at 1-1.

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