South Africa pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday and joined the Delhi Capitals' team hotel but will miss DC's IPL 2021 opening fixture against the Chennai Super Kings due to the mandatory seven-day quarantine period.
Notably, Delhi Capitals had retained both Rabada and Nortje after their sensational bowling performances helped the team reach their maiden final in IPL 2020 in UAE.
"Delhi Capitals'' fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje arrived at the team hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday," the franchise said in a statement.— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 6, 2021
"Rabada and Nortje will be in quarantine for one week," it added. The duo will undergo a week of quarantine and will thus miss DC's opening game against the CSK in Mumbai on Saturday.
The South African players, who are part of IPL and competed in the ongoing ODI home series against Pakistan, left on Monday to link up with their respective IPL teams.
Rishabh Pant will be leading Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer got ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. This will be the first time Pant will be leading a team in the IPL and coach Ricky Ponting is really excited to see what the young wicketkeeper does in IPL 2021.
Delhi Capitals roped in Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, M Siddharth and Lukman Meriwala in IPL 2021 Auctions. IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals have kickstarted their preparations for the upcoming season from March 30 with the tournament set to begin on April 9.