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IPL 2021: Devdutt Padikkal likely to miss RCB’s opener | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Royal Challengers Bangalore could have to rework their methods for the primary couple of matches of the IPL that begins with their season-opener towards Mumbai Indians on April 9 in Chennai.
Star opener Devdutt Padikkal, who’s recovering from Covid-19, is likely to miss the primary recreation and will likely be chopping it superb for the second match on April 14 towards Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The 20-12 months-previous left-hander examined constructive for coronavirus on March 22, prior to the group’s departure to Chennai. As a end result, he didn’t journey with the remaining of the squad. He is at the moment at dwelling in Bengaluru and stays constructive. He will endure exams once more on Tuesday and Wednesday and as soon as he returns a detrimental report he can be part of the bio bubble immediately in Chennai.

Padikkal, who scored 473 runs for the Bengaluru-based franchise in his debut season final 12 months, can have to endure one other spherical of testing in Chennai.
Padikkal’s absence will likely be an enormous blow for RCB as he was anticipated to open the innings with Kohli. In the absence of the group’s main run-getter within the earlier version, RCB’s choices are restricted. They launched Aaron Finch and Josh Phillipe withdrew from the IPL earlier this month. His substitute, Finn Allen of New Zealand, might match into the position, particularly after his exploits towards Bangladesh within the three-match T20 collection lately.

The 21-12 months-previous who made his T20 worldwide debut towards Bangladesh on March 28, started his profession with a nought however completed with a 29-ball 71 within the final match whereas opening the innings with the seasoned Martin Guptill. The different choice for RCB will likely be Kerala rookie Mohammed Azharuddeen, who scored 214 runs in 5 matches within the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 this season, together with an unbeaten 54-ball 137 towards Mumbai.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore, left-handed batsman Devdutt Padikkal had tested positive on 22nd March 2021. He has been in mandatory quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru since then. He will be fit to join the RCB bio-bubble once his RT-PCR tests are negative. RCB medical team is in touch with Devdutt ensuring his safety and well-being. Devdutt is feeling well and we can’t wait to have him join the squad for the IPL season ahead,” RCB mentioned in a press release in a while Sunday evening.

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