Was In A State Of Shock When I Tested Positive, Says Lakshmipathy Balaji
Chennai Super Kings [CSK] bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji said he was left in a daze and it took him "24 hours for the seriousness to sink in" after he contracted the Covid-19 virus during the postponed Indian Premier League [IPL].
Balaji was one of those who contracted the virus across four teams which led to the postponement of the tournament.
"Was I scared? Initially I could not express my feelings. I knew people were dying outside. It took me another 24 hours to sink in the seriousness of [the] issue once [my] family and friends started to message. I started to get worried. From the second day in isolation I realised I had to monitor myself, recording all the health data. I was obviously anxious," said Balaji while speaking to espncricinfo.com.
The former India pace bowler was flown to Chennai from Delhi along with batting coach Michael Hussey, who too had contracted the virus.
"As I was isolating on my own, having tested positive for Covid-19, a thought crossed my mind: recovering from Covid-19, both physically and mentally, is like experiencing an episode of Man vs Wild," he said.
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