Delhi (DC) capitals are worried about the availability of their South African speedsters Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada after reports suggest Nortje has tested positive for COVID-19 and await results of second RT-PCR tests of both players.
DC started its 2021 IPL on a high note, beating the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their tournament opener. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw were the main destroyers with the bat as they easily chased the 189 runway target as the openers added 138 runs for the first wicket.
The DC squad will now face Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Mumbai on April 15 and although Nortje and Rabada have completed their quarantine period after arriving from South Africa, it has been reported that they will miss the game against the team led by Sanju Samson.
DC awaits second test report to rule out false positives in the case of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje
According to some reports, Nortje has tested positive, but the Delhi capitals leadership has yet to issue an official statement. In accordance with the IPL SOP, all players who test positive are retested to ensure that the first RT-PCR result is not a fake.
Rabada and Nortje both reached Mumbai on April 6 and entered a mandatory 7-day quarantine. They were supposed to be available from the second game after the end of their seven days of strict quarantine and a negative RT-PCR result.
“At this point, we only know that Anrich Nortje’s results are expected because he is in quarantine. We can’t tell you more after we get the test results. “ a DC source told PTI on terms of anonymity.
It is understood that DC is awaiting official confirmation to rule out something false positive that happened in the case of Kolkata Knight Riders drummer Nitish Rana. Rana had initially tested positive after joining the KKR camp, but her next RT-PCR result came out negative.
Besides Nortje and Rabada, DC will also miss the services of Axar Patel, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been isolated. It has been reported that the all-rounder has not yet fully recovered from the virus.