Delhi Capitals spinner Axar Patel tested COVID positive a few days ahead of the start of the IPL 2021. This meant that he was ruled out of the first few games for Delhi Capitals as he was under mandatory quarantine. The side has also lost Shreyas Iyer as he has been ruled out of the season with a shoulder dislocation Axar’s absence has just added more pressure to the team as they are down to playing Chennai Super Kings in their season opener in Mumbai.
As the Ricky Ponting-coached DC camp is playing their season opener currently, the team director has opened up on Axar Patel’s health condition. Mustafa Ghouse told Sports Today in an exclusive interview.
Axar Patel Needs Couple More Negative Tests: DC Team Director
“Ya, Axar is better. Saturday will be day 10 of his quarantine process. Hopefully 3-4 more days, a couple of negative tests and he will be ready to join the team. We are running tests on him over the next few days to know how quickly we can get him back, available for selection.”
Axar Patel had checked in the DC team hotel with a negative test result on March 28 but his reports turned positive during his 2nd Covid test, on April 3, restricting him from training or any outdoor activity.
“He had checked into the team hotel in Mumbai on March 28 with a negative report. His report from 2nd COVID test came positive. He is in isolation at a designated medical care facility,” DC had said in their statement.
The team director also updated about Shreyas Iyer’s condition after his surgery. He said that the skipper is in touch with the franchise despite missing from the action.
“Shreyas is better. He has got sensation back in his hand which is most important factor after the surgery. He is gutted that he is not part of the team.He is in constant touch of the boys and Ricky. All we have to do now is make sure that he is on path of recovery and getting back to playing at the level he has been before,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals are fielding first in their season opener against CSK in Mumbai.