A massive blow for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as Devdutt Padikkal wouldn’t play the first game.
Ahead of the start of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), RCB got a big blow as their talented opener Devdutt Padikkal has been tested positive for the global pandemic novel COVID-19 virus.
As per the report in the Times of India, the youngster has been under quarantine now and is currently trying to be a match fit for the first game against Mumbai Indians on April 9. The young batsman has been in a prolific form in recent times as well. He was even the highest run-scorer for RCB last season with 473 runs from 15 matches too.
Recently, he has smashed over 700 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy too and missing him is certainly going to be huge for the team against a full-strength Mumbai Indians.
However, he did not get a call from the Indian team for the ODI series against England despite having a sensational Vijay Hazare Trophy but he stated that his only job was to perform and improve constantly which he will do.
Devdutt Padikkal wouldn’t play the first game for RCB
“What I have learnt for the past two-three years is that I can’t be really bothered about the selection. It is not in my control. What I am looking to do is to improve my game every day, work on myself. Two-three years back may be, I used to think a lot about selection, being in the team and stuff like that. In the last couple of years, I have learnt it is important to focus on my game and continue to get runs wherever I am playing. It doesn’t matter for which team, franchise cricket or domestic cricket; I want to make sure I continue to score runs, make my team win. Eventually, when I get there it will be great,” Devdutt Padikkal shared recently.
Apart from him, Delhi Capitals spinner Axar Patel too has been tested positive recently alongside ten ground staff at Wankhede Stadium as well. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently in trouble after all the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases and it is understood that Indore and Hyderabad are on standby for hosting the tournament opener as well.
“It’s too late to move the matches from Mumbai now. The members of the organizing team have been in separate bubble. The players are in strict bubble. BCCI had Hyderabad as a back-up but it’s very difficult to move it in a week,” the official said to the newspaper.
Apart from them, Kolkata Knight Riders’ player Nitish Rana too was earlier said to be COVID-19 positive but the franchise later clarified that he was found negative.