January 26, 2022


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Exclusive : 3 IPL stars & 10 Groundsmen tested positive for covid-19


Just recently, eight groundstaff from the Wankhede Stadium had tested positive for Covid-19.

India and Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Axar Patel has tested positive for Covid-19, less than a week from the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. DC kickstart their IPL 2020 campaign against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai on April 10. Axar is the second player after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana to positive for the coronavirus, but was allowed to train with the squad a few days later when he produced a negative report.

“Delhi Capitals all-rounder Axar Patel has tested positive for COVID-19. He had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28, 2021, with a negative report. His report from the second COVID test, came positive,” the franchise said in a statement.

“He is currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility. The Delhi Capitals medical team is in constant touch with Axar and ensuring his safety and well-being. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

As a result, Axar might miss at least the first game for DC as he has to isolate himself outside the bio-secure bubble for 10 days.

“During the 10-day isolation, the individual must rest and avoid any exercises. The team doctor should regularly monitor the case. If symptoms worsen during the course of isolation, the individual must be hospitalised immediately” the SOP states.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal becomes the third Indian Premier League (IPL) star to test positive for Covid-19. As a result, the 20-year-old is currently in quarantine. Nitish Rana and Axar Patel are the other two cricketers who tested positive while under quarantine with their respective teams. Other than the three cricketers, 10 groundsmen at the Wankhede Stadium and a member team of Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) content staff too have been infected by the coronavirus. The IPL is scheduled to kickstart on April 9 with RCB taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in Chennai.

Padikkal was in smashing form in IPL 2020, in which he scored 473 runs at 31.53, at a strike-rate of 124.80, which
included five fifties from 15 innings. This could be a huge blow for RCB considering that Padikkal could miss at least the opening match of the season, if not more. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was tipped to open with the youngster, but the team as things stand, he will have to find another opening partner for at least a game, if not more.