Padikkal has tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and since then he had been under quarantine at his residence in Bengaluru.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Wednesday, announced that Devdutt Padikkal has joined the team after having returned negative in his second Covid test. He is, however, set to miss RCB’s opening game against Mumbai Indians on April 09.
“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.
Bold Diaries: Devdutt Padikkal joins the RCB camp after testing negative for COVID-19. He’s healthy, feeling better and raring to go. Here’s a message to all RCB fans from Devdutt.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/BtVszNABJW
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 7, 2021
The news of Devdutt Padikkal returning negative for the virus comes on a day when Australian seam-bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams became the 4th player after Nitish Rana, Axar Patel, and Padikkal to test positive for Covid.
“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,” said RCB in a statement.
“Royal Challengers Bangalore medical team is in constant touch with Daniel and continue to monitor his health, abiding by the BCCI protocols,” the statement added.