Seifert is currently in New Zealand and is serving his mandatory quarantine period.
Tim Seifert was one of the players who contracted COVID-19 during the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After BCCI suspended the tournament, Seifert was unable to return to New Zealand as he failed his two pre-departure RT-PCR tests and showed moderate symptoms. Even though the rest of his national teammates returned home, Seifert remained in India.
The Black Caps cricketer mentioned that confirming the results was the hardest part. As he shared his experience, Seifert lost his temper and burst into tears. The other journalists at the press conference gave him time to remember and lent him a hand.
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“The manager of the Chennai Super Kings showed me the positive at the top of the test. The world stops and I just couldn’t really think about the next step and that was the scariest part – you hear about the bad things and I thought it was going to happen to me, ”Seifert said, reported by 1 News.
Seifert is currently undergoing his mandatory 14-day quarantine period after recovering and returning to his home country last week. The 26-year-old said how Brendon McCullum and Stephen Fleming helping him through the difficult phase.
“They made everything a lot easier. They made sure that things got set and that CSK management and Kolkata CEO Knight Riders [the team Seifert played for], made it easy for me to know that everything would be fine and when that time was to come home they would try everything to get me home safely, ”he said.
Seifert was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), but he didn’t have the chance to play the way his team preferred. Dinesh Karthik as a specialized caretaker.
He said one of the biggest perks that got him through the tough times was that he would be getting married in a few months. “My fiancee was pretty happy that I was back a bit early so I could help with all the planning,” Seifert added.
In his career for the Kiwis, Seifert played three ODIs and 35 T20Is in which he managed 33 and 695 races respectively with five half centuries.