August 15, 2022

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Cricket-NZ’s Seifert breaks down as he recalls COVID ordeal in India

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REUTERS: New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert broke down in tears on Tuesday as he recalled fearing the worst following screening favourable for COVID-19 in India next the Indian Leading League’s (IPL) suspension.

Seifert, who had been with IPL aspect Kolkata Knight Riders, was not able to exit India with other New Zealand cricketers just after he returned a favourable take a look at and grew to become the final overseas participant left in the country.

Now back in New Zealand, Seifert claimed his “coronary heart sank straight away” when a group official explained to him of his optimistic test.

“The entire world sort of stops a tiny bit.” he advised reporters in a video clip phone from lodge quarantine in Auckland. “I just couldn’t truly believe what was next. And that was the scary aspect of it.

“You hear about the lousy matters, and I imagined that was going to materialize to me.”

Seifert was then triumph over with emotion on the phone and desired a second to compose himself right before heading on.

“The information (in India) is all about a deficiency of oxygen, you don’t know if you are heading to be in that scenario,” he reported.

“It’s just the total unfamiliar of what COVID is, how you are going to respond to it.”

The IPL was played in a biosecure bubble in advance of it was suspended indefinitely on May well 4 after gamers and team on various teams contracted COVID-19.

Seifert professional only delicate signs but the tension had proved the greatest problem for him.

He stated the knowledge experienced not turned him off returning to India for the 2020 Globe Cup in October, though the worldwide tournament may well be in doubt if the country is not able to triumph over a devastating 2nd wave of the coronavirus.

“To be honest, the whole time whilst I was over there, the bubble felt great … felt harmless,” he said.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom Enhancing by Peter Rutherford)

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