New Zealand’s Seifert breaks down as he recollects COVID ordeal in India after IPL 2021 suspension


New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert broke down in tears on Tuesday as he recalled fearing the worst after testing optimistic for COVID-19 in India following the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) suspension.

Seifert, who had been with IPL facet Kolkata Knight Riders, was unable to exit India with different New Zealand cricketers after he returned a optimistic take a look at and have become the final international participant left within the nation.

Now again in New Zealand, Seifert mentioned his “coronary heart sank right away” when a staff official advised him of his optimistic take a look at.

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“The world form of stops somewhat bit.” he advised reporters in a video name from resort quarantine in Auckland. “I simply couldn’t actually assume what was subsequent. And that was the scary a part of it.

“You hear concerning the dangerous issues, and I believed that was going to occur to me.”

Seifert was then overcome with emotion on the decision and wanted a second to compose himself earlier than occurring.

“The information (in India) is all a couple of lack of oxygen, you don’t know should you’re going to be in that scenario,” he mentioned.

“It’s simply the entire unknown of what COVID is, the way you’re going to react to it.”

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The IPL was performed in a biosecure bubble earlier than it was suspended indefinitely on Might 4 after gamers and employees on a number of groups contracted COVID-19.

Seifert skilled solely gentle signs however the stress had proved the largest problem for him.

He mentioned the expertise had not turned him off returning to India for the Twenty20 World Cup in October, although the worldwide match could also be doubtful if the nation is unable to beat a devastating second wave of the coronavirus.

“To be sincere, the entire time whereas I used to be over there, the bubble felt good … felt protected,” he mentioned.