Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla’s wife tests positive for COVID-19, family in quarantine

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Laxmi Ratan Shukla played three ODIs in 1999. Photo: BCCI
Laxmi Ratan Shukla played three ODIs in 1999. Photo: BCCI

Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla has revealed that his wife has tested positive for COVID-19. Shukla, who is now a minister in West Bengal government, said that his family members are in quarantine. They will get themselves tested for COVID-19 next week.

“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,” Shukla told PTI.

The news comes just a few weeks after it was reported that Sourav Ganguly’s brother Snehasish Ganguly had tested positive. The news turned out to be a hoax as the former cricketer denied it.

Shukla, who played three ODIs in 1999, had made his India debut against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. He also made it to the Test team but remained uncapped in that format. A domestic veteran, Shukla played 137 first-class and 141 List A matches. He scored 6217 runs and scalped 172 wickets in red-ball cricket. In 141 List A matches, Shukla scored 2997 runs and scalped 143 wickets. He also captained Bengal.

Shukla is best-remembered for his innings 106* in the final of 2011/12 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Chasing a target of 249 against Mumbai, Bengal needed a big contribution from one of their batsmen. The senior member stepped up and scored an unbeaten century to lead Bengal to title glory.

In IPL, the 39-year-old played for Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders. He was a member of KKR’s playing XI in the IPL final in 2012.

Talking of West Bengal, the state has witnessed nearly 26,000 cases of COVID-19 patients. A couple of days back, the state government announced a seven-day lockdown in containment zones. The death toll in the state stands at 854.

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