Royal Challengers Bangalore camp suffered a huge blow as their opener Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The left-handed batsman is now in isolation at his residence in Bengaluru until he tests negative for the virus.
With the tournament just five days away, Padikkal is surely set to miss the tournament opener between RCB and Mumbai Indians.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore, Left-handed batsman Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive on 22nd March 2021. he has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then. He will be fit to join RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative ,” RCB said in a statement..
The franchise further stated that Padikkal is one of the mainstays of the team and hence the medical team is in regular touch with him.
“RCB Medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety and well-being. Devdutt is feeling well and we can’t wait to have him join the for the IPL season ahead,” they further stated.
Padikkal had a terrific domestic season with the bat and he even finished the Vijay Hazare Trophy with the most number of runs. He aggregated 737 runs at an impressive average of 147.40 and touted to be one of the highest run getters for the RCB this season.
Earlier, Delhi Capitals’ all rounder Axar Patel and KKR opener Nitish Rana had tested positive. Both the players are one of the key players of their respective sides.
The BCCI is still putting efforts to ensure the tournament goes on in a planned manner. The first leg of the tournament in Mumbai leg will take place between April 9-24. The MCA had affirmed that the matches won’t move out of Maharashtra despite the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.