All-around Delhi Capitals and India player Axar Patel has joined his Indian Premier League squad after staying at a medical facility in Mumbai for nearly three weeks following a positive test result for COVID-19.
The 27-year-old initially checked in at the Capitals’ team hotel on March 28 in Mumbai.
While entering the bubble with a negative test report, he came back positive for the dreaded virus on April 3 and was transferred to the designated BCCI medical center after learning he had mild symptoms.
“Smiles and hugs all around as Bapu returned to DC camp,” the Delhi Capitals tweeted with a video of Axar meeting his teammates.
“Aadmi dekh ke hi toh mujhe maza aa raha hai (I get pure joy just seeing people),” Patel said in the video.
Axar was the second IPL player to be infected with the virus after Royal Challengers Bangalore first player Devdutt Padikkal.
There have also been a few incidents of false positives in the squad with Axar’s South African teammate Anrich Nortje, who had to go through a long period of quarantine due to a false positive result for COVID-19.
Nitish Rana had also tested positive after joining the Kolkata Knight Riders camp, but his next RT-PCR result was negative.
In Axar’s absence, the Capitals had hired young Mumbai left-arm spinner Shams Mulani as IPL’s first short-term COVID-19 replacement.
The Capitals are set to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.