With only six days to go for the much-awaited season of the Indian Premier League, the anticipation and excitement among the fans have been increasing with every passing day. However, ahead of the tournament, the Delhi-based franchise has suffered a huge blow as their all-rounder Axar Patel has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Axar Patel recently tested positive for Coronavirus and the same has handed a massive blow not only to the franchise but to the BCCI as well, as they were ensuring to keep the players away from the deadly infection.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the DC camp confirmed the same, “Unfortunately, Axar has tested positive. He is isolating and all protocols are being followed,” Axar is the second player after Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana tested positive for COVID-19.
Axar Patel along with other Delhi Capitals’ players was in Mumbai as their opening game is scheduled to take place in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. But notably, Axar was only serving the quarantine period and hadn’t joined the bio-bubble and thus, the other teammates are safe.
Here, check out how fans reacted to the news:
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) April 3, 2021
Axar patel tested postive for covid-19 and has been quarantined.
— Aayush Mali 🇮🇳 (@Aayush_mali_) April 3, 2021
Axar Patel Tested Positive for Covid-19 😧 And Has been Quarantine. Hope He will recover soon 🔜 pic.twitter.com/UMVXgoJAu8
— Vishal Shrivastava (@Vishal85277) April 3, 2021
— Smriti Shukla (@TherealSmriti) April 3, 2021
Delhi Capitals confirm #AxarPatel positive for Covid.
"Axar has tested positive for #COVID19. He had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28 with a negative report. His report from the 2nd COVID test came positive. He's currently in isolation at a medical care facility"
— Cat (@Cat3Lily) April 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will kickstart from April 9 this year, with the first match to be held between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Things haven’t looked too good in Mumbai with groundstaff at the Wankhede Stadium testing positive for Coronavirus. With cases rising in Maharashtra (47,827 new COVID-19 cases and 202 deaths on Friday) with Mumbai registering the highest-ever single day spike of 8,832 new cases, the franchises are keeping their fingers crossed for the 14th edition of the IPL