Former India pacer and current bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings, Laxmipathy Balaji has opened up about his experience of testing positive for novel coronavirus during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) had to postpone the 14th edition of IPL midway after several players, and supporting staff members contracted the deadly virus.
A few weeks after the suspension of IPL 2021, Balaji spoke about the fear of testing COVID-19 positive and revealed what challenges he had faced during his journey to recovery.
“Recovering from Covid-19, both physically and mentally, is like experiencing an episode of Man vs Wild,” Balaji said in his recent interview with ESPNcricinfo.
“I could not express my feelings. I knew people were dying outside. It took me another 24 hours to sink into the seriousness of the issue. I started to get worried about the others in my team who I was milling around with before I tested positive. Rajeev Kumar (CSK fielding coach), Uthappa, Pujara, Chahar along with Kasi sir were around me,” the 39-year-old added.
Apart from Balaji, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Varun Chakravarthy also shared his experience about the same.
Chakravarthy disclosed that he still feels weakness and dizziness despite being recovered from COVID-19.
“I don’t have cough or fever; there is weakness and dizziness. The loss of smell and taste is still intermittent, but I’m confident of being able to resume training soon.”