The ongoing vicious COVID-19’s second wave penetrated through IPL 2021’s secure bio-bubble created by the BCCI. Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were the first recipients of the virus that prompted the authorities to cancel Monday’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore and eventually postponing the tournament after a cluster of infections emerged. With Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra also testing positive for COVID-19 a day later, it is interesting to know where it all might have begun.
Varun Chakravarthy had to go to the hospital last week on the 1st of May, with the official reports claiming it was a shoulder scan. Nevertheless, those in his closest circles say it for an abdomen inflammation. After he received medical attention, the wrist-spinner went back to the team hotel in Ahmedabad and sat for a meal with Sandeep Warrier.
Later, both players travelled with the rest of the team for net practice, where Varun complained about not feeling well. The concerned persons isolated him in the masseur’s room while Warrier headed for training. Simultaneously nearby, Delhi Capitals’ net sessions were also going.
How Amit Mishra might have caught the virus from Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier:
BCCI’s social distancing protocols might have undergone a breach here as Kolkata Knight Riders’ and Delhi Capitals’ practice sessions were scheduled simultaneously. Warrier reportedly met Amit Mishra to have a chat for a while before parting ways. Mishra returned to the team hotel after practice and revealed not feeling too well.
This was the point where the leggie had been isolated too and further tests were carried out. On Tuesday, it came to light that not only Mishra tested positive for COVID-19, but SunRisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha did too. From the revelations, BCCI had no choice but to postpone the tournament indefinitely.