The IPL 2021 had to be unfortunately suspended in the midway of the tournament by the Board of Control Cricket in India (BCCI) concerning the health of the players in the bio-bubble. This comes as a result after a few of the players and support staff inside the bio bubble started to test positive.
With the situation in the country not getting any better, it was due for the tournament to be suspended and it was the right call too. This puts a major risk in the T20 World Cup being hosted in India in October this year and BCCI has already discussed the backup venues. Here is the complete list of players who tested positive for COVID-19 in IPL 2021.
List Of Players Who Tested Positive For COVID-19:
The left-hander Nitish Rana tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the start of the IPL and he was isolated and undergoing quarantine. After a week’s time, he returned a negative Covid test report, and he had to go an extended 12-day quarantine before rejoining the Kolkata Knight Riders net sessions. Rana had a tremendous start to the season scoring 201 runs in 7 games for the franchise but faded off in the middle.
The South African speedster Anrich Nortje returned to the Delhi Capitals squad from the Pakistan tour and he tested positive for Covid-19. He had to undergo seven days of mandatory quarantine and before it ended, he tested negative which was good signs for the Delhi side. However, he did not get his opportunity in the side despite recovering and the Indian pacers on the Delhi side were so good that Nortje wasn’t needed.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and he had to undergo quarantine at home in Bengaluru. After the quarantine ended, he tested negative and returned to the RCB squad right away. He missed the first game as Kohli wanted him to get completely fit and he played six games for 195 runs this season with his marvellous first IPL century coming against the Rajasthan Royals.
The all-rounder Axar Patel, who is a key part of the Delhi franchise tested positive for Covid-19 and he was sent into quarantine in a Mumbai hotel. He had to miss the first four games this IPL on account of the virus and returned to the squad after testing negative. He played four games and picked up six wickets and also he bowled a brilliant super over giving away just 7 runs that won the game for the Sunrisers.
Another all-rounder in the Royal Challenger Bangalore lineup, Daniel Sams arrived from Australia and returned a negative test at the start on April 3. However, on April 7, he tested positive and had to undergo isolation. After testing negative again, he returned to the squad and played two games this IPL picking up one wicket and he was very economical too.
Varun Chakravarthy was one among the two members of the KKR side that surprisingly tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the RCB game on Monday, and BCCI had to postpone the game due to it. He was isolated after testing positive and he was one of the better bowlers for KKR this season. He picked up 7 wickets in 7 games this IPL season and was economical most of the time.
Sandeep Warrier who was waiting for his opportunity in the playing XI for the most part of the tournament also tested positive alongside Varun Chakravarthy on Monday. Sandeep Warrier had a good domestic season in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and he has played 4 IPL games in the past taking 2 wickets at an economy rate of 7.93.
The wicket-keeper batsmen Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday ahead of the clash against the Mumbai Indians and the whole team went into isolation post the result. The match against Mumbai was also postponed after the Covid-19 result. Saha who played the first two games for Sunrisers scored just 8 runs with the bat at the top of the order. A lot was expected of him after the way he played last year but he couldn’t repeat the heroics.
The veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra who missed the last few games due to an injury scare tested positive for Covid-19, and the Delhi team was isolated. It also meant that BCCI had to suspend the tournament at the midway as the cases started rising inside the bio bubble.
Mishra delivered whenever the team needed him to and he showed that he still has the hunger in him to take wickets. He picked up 6 wickets in the 4 games he played this IPL season.