Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir tests positive for COVID-19
Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to reveal that he tested positive for the virus
In November last year, Gambhir had isolated himself at home after a family member tested positive
Gambhir is a former India opener and an MP of the East Delhi constituency
"After experiencing mild symptoms, I tested positive for Covid today. Requesting everyone who came into my contact to get themselves tested," the cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.
In November last year, Gambhir had isolated himself at home after a family member tested positive for the virus.
India registered a sharp decline in daily Covid-19 cases as 2,55,874 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, down from 3,06,064 cases yesterday. The daily positivity rate also fell to 15.52% from 20.75% yesterday.
Gambhir calls for the protection of whistleblowers
Meanwhile, in a column for the Times of India, Gambhir called on cricket administrators to provide security to cricketers who report an approach by fixers.
"Brendan Taylor and his admission of delay in reporting a corrupt approach has caught my conscience and attention. I operate on absolute zero tolerance approach when it comes to any wrongdoing," Gambhir wrote.
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Brendan Taylor admitted that he had taken $15,000 as a bribe from an Indian businessman for spot-fixing. Taylor now faces a multiple-year ban from international cricket.
"I was reading Taylor's statement with the same emotion - disappointment, disgust and anger. I read it once but it didn't make me angry. I read it again and it was the same. I read it the third time and the emotions were different. Don't get me wrong as I am not supporting Taylor. I am only concerned about the circumstances which forced him, a father of four children fearing for his and his family's lives, to delay reporting the incident to the International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Unit. Taylor is a sportsperson and not a hard-nosed criminal whose faculties would support him if six individuals barged into his hotel room with a threat to release a video where he was reportedly consuming a banned substance," Gambhir added.
"The ICC (International Cricket Council) are taking the decision to impose a multi-year ban on my international cricketing career," tweeted Taylor, adding he did not fix any match.