An emotional Tim Seifert recently opened up on his experience of going through all the quarantines and battling the deadly COVID-19. The BlackCaps wicketkeeper batsman is currently isolating in an Auckland Hotel, post which he will be able to join the community.
Seifert had tested positive for COVID-19 in India during the IPL as he failed both his pre-departure tests and was forced to quarantine in the virus-affected nation. The 14th edition of Indian Premier League was suspended owing to a bio-bubble breach in many franchises and thus the BCCI made all the arrangements for players to return home. The New Zealand keeper was experiencing symptoms during his quarantine, however they were mild.
Tim Seifert opens up about his horrifying experience of recovering from the virus
During a recent interaction as quoted by NZ Herald, Seifert spoke about various things, including the mental side of battling the coronavirus, which was more daunting. “I got pulled aside and told I’d tested positive and my heart sank straight away when everyone left. I was the only overseas player basically still left in India out of the whole tournament. That’s when things got a little bit real,” he said.
‘I can’t thank Brendon and Fleming enough’
“The world stops a little bit, I just couldn’t really think what was next and that’s the scary part of it – you hear about things, and I thought that was going to happen to me,” he added.
Furthermore, he also thanked the management of CSK and KKR and also Brendon McCullum, KKR’s head coach for making sure all the things would be put in place. “It definitely was hard and I couldn’t thank Brendan McCullum and Stephen Fleming enough, they made everything a lot easier. Making sure things would be put in place and the KKR, the CSK support staff, management, CEO of KKR – they made life easy for me to know that everything would be alright and when that time was to come home, they would do everything to get me home safely and on time,” he concluded.