Delhi Capitals got a massive blow as their star player Axar Patel has been tested positive for COVID-19.
Delhi Capitals’ bad luck continues with a great pace it seems as they got another huge blow. Just before the start of the 2021 edition of the India Premier League, Delhi Capitals’ star spinner Axar Patel has been tested positive for the global pandemic novel COVID-19.
However, not only Axar Patel, but a few days ago, they got a massive blow also, where their captain Shreyas Iyer was ruled out. Iyer dislocated his shoulder while fielding during the first ODI against England in Pune and his injury ruled him out of the entire tournament.
In his absence, Rishabh Pant has been named the captain of the side as well. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders’ left-handed batsman Nitish Rana too was said to be tested positive for COVID-19 but KKR later clarified the news he was found negative.
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“Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I’ve always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled. I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role. With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can’t wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals,” Rishabh Pant said in a statement by the franchise.
Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting has said, “The previous two seasons under Shreyas’ leadership have been incredible, and the results speak for themselves. This is a tremendous opportunity for young Rishabh, who is coming off successful stints against Australia and England which will no doubt give him the confidence needed to take on a new role that comes with a lot more responsibility. The coaching group is excited to work with him, and we can’t wait for the season to get started.”
On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer said, “When I sustained the shoulder injury, and Delhi Capitals needed a leader for this edition of the IPL, I had no doubt that Rishabh would be the best man for the job. He has all my good wishes to make amazing things happen with our absolutely incredible team. I’m going to miss the team tremendously, and will be cheering for them throughout.”
The Indian Premier League is all set to begin on April 9 with Royal Challengers Bangalore playing against the two-times defending champion Mumbai Indians whereas Delhi Capitals will start their journey against Chennai Super Kings on April 10 as well.