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Star RCB player to miss the initial match against Mumbai Indians ahead IPL-2021


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Devdutt Padikkal is probably going to miss the several games in the forthcoming fourteenth release of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the wake of being tried positive for COVID-19. 

The youthful batting sensation tried COVID-19 positive on March 22 and he is right now in isolation at his home in Bengaluru with the remainder of the RCB crew in Chennai.

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“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 the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative. 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 squad for the IPL Season ahead” statement given by RCB on Padikkal’s present scenario.

It is a major blow for the RCB as Padikkal was relied upon to open the innings for the establishment with the captain Virat Kohli in the impending IPL 2021, where the Bangalore-based outfit’s mission starts with the season-opener against the reigning champs Mumbai Indians on April 9 in Chennai. 

Padikkal will go through COVID-19 tests on April 6 and 7, and assuming he returns negative, the left-hander can join the bio-bubble straightforwardly in Chennai, where he should go through another round of testing and conceivably will actually want to play RCB’s next IPL 14 challenge against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 14.

Be that as it may, the most recent blow has likely constrained the RCB to adjust their systems for the a few matches of the IPL 2021, as they have effectively restricted choices for the initial position having had effectively delivered Aaron Finch and Josh Philippe pulled out from the IPL 14 recently. 

In Padikkal’s nonappearance, New Zealand’s Finn Allen is probably going to find a way into the job, particularly after his most recent endeavours in the home T20I arrangement against Bangladesh – scoring a 29-ball 71 in the last match. 

The RCB has another choice in Mohammed Azharuddeen who has had an amazing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 season this year, scoring 214 runs in five counterparts for Kerala including 54-ball 137* against Mumbai. 

Critical, the 24-year-old was the main run-scorer for the RCB in IPL 2020 – his presentation season, scoring 473 runs at a normal of 31.53 and a strike pace of 124.80. Padikkal likewise had a heavenly Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year, scoring 218 runs in 6 innings at 43.60 and a strike pace of 134.56.



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