On a day when Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a blow as their all-rounder Daniel Sams became the second player from the team to test positive for Covid-19, there was a silver lining as well.
The franchise announced on Wednesday that Devdutt Padikkal has tested negative for Covid-19 and as per protocol has joined the team at the hotel in Chennai.
“We are pleased to inform that Royal Challengers Bangalore, Left-handed Batsman Devdutt Paddikal, has joined the team on 7th April 2021 with negative reports for COVID-19 as per BCCI protocols. RCB medical team was in constant touch with Devdutt to ensure his safety and well-being (sic),” RCB said in a statement.
Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and had been at his Bangalore home under quarantine since then. He is likely to miss the first game for the RCB against defending champions Mumbai Indians following IPL protocols.
Daniel Sams tests positive for Covid-19
Earlier in the day, news broke out about their Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams testing positive for Covid-19.
“Daniel Sams had checked into the team hotel in Chennai on April 3rd, 2021, with a negative report. His report from the second COVID test on the 7th (April), came positive. Daniel Sams is currently asymptomatic and in isolation at a designated medical care facility.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel and continue to monitor his health, abiding by the BCCI protocols,” RCB added in the statement.
This is the 4th instance of an IPL 2021 player testing poitive for the coronavirus. Delhi Capitals' Axar Patel and KKR's Nitish Rana had also tested positive for Covid-19 after entering the mandatory 7-day hotel quarantine.