Five India players were in precautionary isolation as India’s cricket board investigated a potential breach of biosecurity protocols ahead of the start of the third test on Thursday against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini were placed in isolation after a video of them sitting at a table in a Melbourne restaurant was posted on the Twitter account of Navaldeep Singh.
Singh suggested on Friday he paid the bill for the table and then hugged Pant, although on Saturday Singh claimed there was no hug and players kept their distance.
Another incident of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya breaching the bio-secure protocols during the limited-overs matches of the tour is hogging the limelight.
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya had visited a baby shop in Sydney on December 7. Kohli, who is expecting a baby with his wife Anushka Sharma, bought goodies from the store before the two Indian players posed with the staff for several pictures.
A visit to the store was a breach of bio-security rules set by Cricket Australia. Hardik and Virat should have been wearing masks but they didn't.
Another breach happed in Adelaide when some of the Indian players went inside an eatery Waffle and Coffee without masks.
The breaches were minor and were not reported to the authorities. This shows that Rohit Sharma and four other players dining in a restaurant is not the only breach on the ongoing tour and all of them come under low risk.