Former India cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s wife tests positive for Coronavirus
Laxmi Ratan Shukla, along with his family, has been quarantined at home now.
Updated - Jul 11, 2020 5:52 pm
Former India cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s wife Smita Sanyal Shukla has been tested positive for Coronavirus. She is a deputy secretary in the state Health and Family Welfare Department while her husband in the Minister of Sports in West Bengal. COVID-19 is probably is at its peak at the moment in India even as the country is in its second phase of unlock.
The situation has been worsening with every passing day as India witnessed more than 27000 Coronavirus cases on Friday. Moreover, West Bengal has so far registered around 27109 cases among which almost 9000 cases are still active while 880 people have succumbed to the virus.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla himself confirmed the news of his wife contracting COVID-19 on Saturday. He also informed that Smita has mild fever at the moment and is in home isolation according to the prescribed protocols. Laxmi himself along with his family has now been qurantined at home.
“Yes, my wife Smita has tested positive for Covid-19. She has a mild fever and is taking prescribed medicines. I, our two sons and my aged father have quarantined us at home. We will get ourselves tested for Covid-19 on Thursday,” he was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla played 3 ODIs for India
For the unversed, Laxmi Ratan Shukla has played three One-Day Internationals for India mustering 18 runs and picking up a solitary wicket. However, he featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 47 matches playing predominantly for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and then for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) from 2008 to 2014. The all-rounder scored 405 runs in the T20 extravaganza and also picked up 15 wickets.
Though his international career was short, Shukla was a legendary figure in Bengal domestic cricket playing 137 first-class and 141 List-A matches. He amassed more than 9000 runs with 13 tons and an impeccable average while also scalping 172 and 143 wickets respectively in both the formats. He last featured in a competitive game back in 2015 after which he retired from the sport and entered politics.