New Delhi: The ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has hit the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 too after the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match was called off due to Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier testing coronavirus positive ahead of Monday-night clash.
This has raised fresh doubts on weather going ahead with IPL 2021 is safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis across the country. However, Varun and Sandeep are not the first players to test positive for coronavirus in the ongoing cash-rich tournament. So, here is a list of IPL 2021 players who have tested COVID-19 positive so far.
- Nitish Rana – KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Nitish Rana had tested COVID-19 positive just a day after his arrival in Mumbai back on March 21. The 27-year-old then had to undergo complete isolation before testing negative and completing an extended 12-day quarantine.
2. Anrich Nortje – DC
Delhi Capitals’ (DC) star South African speedster Anrich Nortje was undergoing his mandatory seven-day quarantine when he had tested positive for COVID-19. However, the pacer managed to recover quickly and then was given the nod to join the rest of the DC squad for IPL 2021.
3. Devdutt Padikkal – RCB
One of Indian cricket’s rising talents and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)’s star opener Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive of coronavirus back on March 22. The 20-year-old remained in quarantine at his home in Bengaluru and was allowed to join the RCB training unit after his test came in negative.
4. Daniel Sams – RCB
Another RCB player on the list of COVID-19 effected is Australia pacer Daniel Sams. The 28-year-old allrounder had tested coronavirus positive on April 7 and had to undergo mandatory quarantine before he had tested negative.
5. Axar Patel – DC
Delhi Capitals (DC) spinner Axar Patel had tested positive for COVID-19 at the team hotel in Mumbai back on March 28. However, the Indian cricketer returned to action in emphatic fashion for DC after he was tested negative for the novel virus.
6. Varun Chakravarthy – KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Varun Chakravarthy tested coronavirus positive before KKR’s much-awaited clash against RCB. As a result, the match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad was called off due to safety reasons.
7. Sandeep Warrier – KKR
Varun Chakravarthy’s KKR teammate and Indian pacer Sandeep Warrier also tested positive for COVID-19 right before the Knight’s Monday-night clash against RCB.
8. Wriddhiman Saha – SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested COVID-19 on May 4, ahead of his side’s crucial clash against Mumbai Indians. The SRH management did confirmed that Saha was the only one who had tested positive for the novel virus during their latest RT-PCR test.