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Anirudha Joshi replaces Shreyas Iyer in Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021; Shams Mulani joins for Axar Patel

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Delhi Capitals have announced the COVID-19 replacement for Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel for IPL 2021.

Shams Mulani has come into the Delhi Capitals for a short-term period as a COVID-19 replacement of Axar Patel for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). On the other hand, Anirudha Joshi has replaced the injured Shreyas Iyer for the remaining 2021 season of IPL. Iyer was ruled out of the entire league after dislocating his shoulder during the recent India-England One-Day International (ODI) series in Pune.

Meanwhile, Axar Patel had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 during his mandatory quarantine period before the 2021 edition of the league starts and he was in isolation as well. Mulani, a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler from Mumbai, has joined as a replacement under VIVO IPL’s Player Regulations, a release from IPL has shared recently.

“Under the Regulation 6.1 (c), franchises are allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original squad member is permitted to re-enter the team’s bio-secure environment. Hence, Mulani will only be a part of the Delhi Capitals side until Axar recovers and is allowed to join the team,” the release added.

Shreyas Iyer’s absence in IPL 2021 is a big blow for Delhi Capitals

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“Mulani represents Mumbai in domestic cricket and has featured in 10 First-Class, 30 List A and 25 T20s so far. This will be his maiden experience at the IPL. However, Mulani will not be permitted to represent another IPL franchise this season once he leaves the Delhi Capitals,” the release again shared.

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“Joshi, a middle-order batsman and an off-spinner, joins his third IPL team, having been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the past. He represents Karnataka in domestic cricket and has featured in 17 List A and 22 T20 matches so far,” the IPL release further added.

As far as Delhi Capitals’ campaign this season is concerned, they have started with a win by 7 wickets against the three-time title winner Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second game of IPL 2021 in Mumbai. Suresh Raina’s blitzy fifty went in vain as a 138-run opening partnership between Prithvi Shaw (72) and Shikhar Dhawan (85) helped Delhi Capitals reach the target with ease.

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