Just one week before the start of IPL 2021, RCB suffers a major setback! RCB’s Opener Devdutt Padikkal has tested positive for COVID-19.
“RCB left-handed batsman Devdutt Padikkal has tested positive on 22nd March 2021. He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since 22nd March. He will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative”, RCB said in a statement.
“RCB medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety & well-being. Devdutt Padikkal is feeling better and we can’t wait to have him join the RCB squad for the IPL season ahead”, it added.
This news comes as a major blow for RCB, as Padikkal is an integral player of the RCB squad after he displayed a swashbuckling performance in the IPL 2020.
This is the third case of cricketer testing positive for COVID-19. On Saturday Delhi Capitals had suffered a big setback as Axar Patel tested positive for COVID-19. This news came just after the news of KkR Nitish Rana being tested positive for COVID-19. Though the franchise later cleared that Rana has tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday. Even Nitish Rana has resumed training with his other teammates.
Things look frightful outside the bio-bubble as 10 staff members of the Wankhede stadium’s ground staff and 6 event managers tested positive for COVID-19.
10 matches are scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the rising count of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra, the franchises and the BCCI are feeling worried about the smooth commencement of the cash-rich league. IPL 2021 will begin on 9th April. The opening match of the IPL 2021 is between Mumbai Indians & RCB in Chennai.