The covid-19 virus has hit the IPL 2021 again as Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer T Natarajan has been tested positive for the virus. Apart from him, 6 other members, including all-rounder Vijay Shankar, of the SRH contingent were placed in isolation after they were deemed close contact with the pacer.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad player T Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19 at a scheduled RT-PCR test. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the squad. He is currently asymptomatic,” a statement released from the IPL said.
6 Other Members Of SRH Contingent Isolated After Coming In Close Contact With T Natarajan:
The medical team has identified the below mentioned six close contacts of the player, who have also been placed in isolation:
1. Vijay Shankar – Player
2. Vijay Kumar – Team Manager
3. Shyam Sundar J – Physiotherapist
4. Anjana Vannan – Doctor
5. Tushar Khedkar – Logistics Manager
6. Periyasamy Ganesan – Net Bowler
T Natarajan, who made his India debut last year in Australia, featured in just a couple of games in the first half, when he picked two wickets, before being sidelined due to an injury.
However, SRH’s match against the Delhi Capitals will go ahead as scheduled – on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai – after the rest of the contingent tested negative for the virus on the morning of the game.
“The rest of the contingent including the close contacts underwent RT-PCR tests at 5AM local time this morning and the test reports are negative. As a result, tonight’s game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will go ahead at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai,” the statement added.
SRH, who saw their captain being changed mid-season from David Warner to Kane Williamson, are languishing at the bottom of the table with just 1 win in 7 matches. They take on the second-placed Capitals on Wednesday.
The tournament had already faced one halt – in May due to the covid-19 outbreak in four different franchises.