Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler T Natarajan is Covid-19 positive. However, the BCCI said that the team’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match against Delhi Capitals in the evening (September 22) will be as per the pre-scheduled schedule. Former England captain Michael Vaughan has taunted the BCCI over Corona’s entry in the second phase of the IPL.
Vaughan tweeted immediately after the news of T Natarajan being COVID-19 positive, “Let’s see if the IPL gets canceled like the last Test (India vs England Manchester Test)! I guarantee it won’t happen.” Let us inform you that the last Test match between India and England to be played in Manchester had to be canceled due to head coach Ravi Shastri and support staff being Kovid-19 positive.
Corona’s shadow again on IPL
Left-arm fast bowler Natarajan, who is returning from knee surgery, was found corona positive before the match against Delhi. Six people who came in close contact with him have also been sent to segregation, including all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who is out of the Indian team. According to a BCCI release, “Sunrisers Hyderabad player T Natarajan has tested positive for COVID-19 in the RT-PCR test. The player has isolated himself from the rest of the team and is not showing any symptoms as of now.
According to the release, “The rest of the team, including close contacts, got RT-PCR test conducted at 5 am local time today. Everyone’s report has come negative.” Tonight’s match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals will be played at the Dubai International Stadium as per the schedule. The close contacts were found by the medical team to be Vijay Kumar (team manager), Shyam Sundar J (physiotherapist), Anjana Vanan (doctor), Tushar Khedkar (logistics manager), and Periyasamy Ganesan (net bowler).
Natarajan will now have to be in isolation for 10 days and his return to Bio-Bubble will happen only after testing negative twice. It will be a big setback for Sunrisers Hyderabad as the team could not take Natarajan’s services in the first leg due to injury. Thirty-year-old Natarajan has played 24 matches in the IPL and picked up 20 wickets.
The IPL was halted in May after several COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the bio-bubble in India, which has resumed in the UAE from September 19. At that time also Sunrisers Hyderabad’s senior wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was found to be Covid-19 positive. The league was suspended following their report, in which three more cases were reported earlier.