Yuzvendra Chahal, the Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner, said on Friday he plans to take a hiatus from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 before his suspension on May 4, following the COVID-19 outbreak in the inside the bio-bubble.
The tournament was suspended after four players – Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Wriddhiman Saha, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and bowling pair Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from Kolkata Knight – tested positive for COVID-19 in bio -bubble.
In an interview with Tak Sports, Chahal, 30, said he was unable to focus on his gambling after his parents tested positive for the virus.
“I was planning to take a break from IPL when I found out my parents were infected. It was hard to focus on the game when your parents were home alone. They tested positive on May 3 and a few days later the tournament was postponed, ”he said.
Chahal’s mother recovered from the infection, but his father’s condition deteriorated and he was admitted to Gurgaon hospital.
“My father’s oxygen level dropped to 85-86, and we had to move him to the hospital. He returned home yesterday, but his results are still positive. However, the good thing is that his oxygen level is around 95-96, which is a sigh of relief for us. It will take another 7-10 days to recover, ”he said.
Meanwhile, the ICC is monitoring the COVID-19 situation in India for the possible hosting of the T20 World Cup postponed this year.
Chahal is confident that India will be one of the main contenders for the T20 World Cup even if the tournament is moved to the United Arab Emirates.
“I firmly believe that we are the No.1 contenders to win the T20 World Cup later this year, even though she will move to the United Arab Emirates. The conditions are quite similar to India, and it will be a big boost for us, ”said Chahal.